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.

Conservation Breeding Report – Expedition to Russia 2012

Baz Hughes (WWT Head of Species Conservation) produced this short report on the 2012 conservation breeding expedition. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Conservation breeding report – expedition to Russia 2012


  1. Ken Tucker (AKA Turnip) Reply

    Great summary, Baz. And good to see the help that individuals at BA gave being acknowledged again. Really was ‘above and beyond’ and must have helped ease a headache or two. Good luck in overwintering the birds and getting the older ones up to breeding condition. You’ve all given them such a great start. All the best. Ken

  2. Helena Jefferson Reply

    Dear Baz
    What a wonderfully written report and this year’s expedition was obviously as exciting though less traumatic from the angle of losing chicks. Hoorah for British Airways and lovely Captain Woodham. I am so glad you were able to reward him with the sight of a real live chick. I cannot believe how well you guys have all done this year, but the brinkmanship of only 6 hours grace between arriving in Slimbridge and the first hatching is miraculous. Have some of you guys got a few more grey hairs as a result? NOW I really know that what I am trying to do to help raise funds and awareness for all the different arms of the project is REALLY worthwhile. Regards Helena

  3. Baz Reply

    Thanks for your ongoing support you guys. I certainly have got more grey hair than two years ago, but think this is mainly cos I’m getting old 😉

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