Headstarting is a collaborative effort between WWT, BirdsRussia and the RSPB, and occurs as part of the International Arctic Expedition mounted each year by BirdsRussia under the leadership of Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy.

Join Kate Humble for a very special event on 19 December

Please join us and our Vice-President Kate Humble for a very special event on Monday 19 December, which will include the first chance to glimpse the spoon-billed sandpipers in the UK.

Kate will unveil a live CCTV link up with the specially-constructed Slimbridge aviary, which is now the focus of the spoon-billed sandpiper breeding programme.

Readers of this blog will be aware that CCTV has been crucial in keeping a watchful eye on the birds brought to the UK. Now it will give visitors to Slimbridge a chance to see them for themselves.

Kate will also host an audience with Nigel Jarrett, Martin McGill and Roland Digby, talking about the expedition to Russia and the continuing challenges of trying to secure a future for the spoon-billed sandpiper.

Kate and Martin will also be signing copies of their book Watching Waterbirds – a perfect Christmas gift for budding conservationists!

Places for this event are extrememly limited so register early to secure a place. Places are by donation only and the usual admission charges apply.

To book your place and find out more about the event click here

SBS chick

  1. Ken Turnip Reply

    Sounds like a great event and a good excuse to drag myself to Slimbridge before the end of the year. Looking forward to it. 🙂

  2. Nigel Jarrett Reply

    I really look forward to meeting you Ken. This little bird means so much to to so many people – I always enjoy meeting its fans 🙂

  3. NigelH Reply

    I’ll be there, and look forward to meeting you Ken. If any other supporters of my marathon run (see http://www.justgiving.com/sandpiper) will be there, please say hello, it would be great to meet you.

    • Ken Turnip Reply

      Really looking forward to meeting both of you guys, too. So pleased I am able to attend. See you there!

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  5. Steve Portlock Reply

    Really looking forward to tomorrow! Amazing project and a fantastic bird.

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