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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.

In record time

Karin Eberhardt writes: Never in the history of the spoon-billed sandpiper expeditions has the journey from Moscow to Meinypil’gyno been as swift. The town of Anadyr, Gateway to Chukotka, is notorious for weather and bureaucratic delays. But thanks to Nikolai’s quick logistical
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Helicopter to Meinypil’gyno

Richard Smith writes: 3 hours sleep is all I got… Nikolay greeted us and told us we were Team Ironman from now on due to last nights mammoth performance… we have gained a little respect. I wandered out about 6ish and picked up my first Pacific golden plover and long-toed s
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Richard Smith writes: At Anadyr we fly out over the Bering Sea to line up for landing. Its solid as far as the eye can see. Landed 11.30 local time. We all get through customs smoothly. Then we sit and wait in the airport for our paperwork to be checked and transport to arrive. By 12.
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Flight to Anadyr

Richard Smith writes: Flight not till 7.30pm so we take a few hours to explore. We headed straight for the fast and efficient underground. We get to the centre and headed to the Kremlin (impressive in red and green brick, imposing with an air of dark history) and the Red Square (massi
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3/4 of R2L2: Richard Hesketh, Liz Mackley and Richard Smith at Slimbridge

Arrival in Moscow

Richard Smith writes: R2L2, the WWT-backed rearing team, is complete: The Bossman Hesky (Richard Hesketh), the Brains Mackley (Liz Mackley) and the Brawn Smithy (me!) have been joined by our Kiwi counterpart and wader-rearing extraordinaire Mother Hen Brown (Liz Brown). SBS Expo is we
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