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.

WaderQuest duo see spoon-billed sandpipers in Thailand

Two of our supporters, Rick and Elis Simpson, set off at the start of November on an epic trip around the world to see as many species of waders as possible and raise money for our spoon-billed sandpiper appeal at the same time.

And we’re excited to announce they’ve already seen wild spoon-billed sandpipers (and lots of other waders) in Thailand!

The duo have named the journey WaderQuest and, during the one-year long trip, aim to see as many waders as possible, raise awareness of the plight of birds such as the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper and raise donations for our appeal.

The mission started on 1 November, going firstly to Thailand and then onto United Arab Emirates, back to the United Kingdom, then off to the USA, taking them into the New Year with Australia, new Zealand and India.

This is as far ahead that they have decided upon, but the rest of 2013 will include the Shorebird Conference in Colombia and the Migratory Bird Festival in Brazil.

At each venue they will be engaging with schools by visiting them and talking to the children and, where possible, meeting them in the field to show them the waders in their area.

You can visit their Just Giving page here and also keep up to date with their adventures (and fab pictures of the birds they’re seeing) on the WaderQuest blog.

  1. Martin McGill Reply

    Nice to meet you both at WWT Slimbridge. Looks great out there in Thailand, presumably the amazing Crab Plover on the cards next.

  2. Wader Quest Reply

    A bit late to reply Martin, but is was great to meet you too. We had a great time in Thailand and the UAE and are now back in the UK. The Crab Plovers in the UAE were fantastic, but we were also lucky enough to see the critically endangered Sociable Lapwings (4 of them) where we went to see the elegant White-tailed Lapwings. Cheers for now. Rick and Elis.

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