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.
Siberian Rubythroat (c) Phil Palmer

The lost posts: Marooned in Meino

This post got lost in the ether between Meinypil’gyno and Slimbridge but Phil since managed to rescue it from his hard drive when he got home. Phil writes: Last weekend, the Heritage Cruise arrived with lots of friends on board. Evgeny & Lena Syroechkovsky with their close f
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One happy man (back at Slimbridge)

The day the eggs arrived in the UK

This year I was gutted at not being part of the WWT team collecting the eggs as they had inconveniently arrived on a day I had “important meetings” so it was Rebecca Lee (Senior Species Conservation Officer), Sacha Dench (Head of Media) and Paul Marshall (our Web Manager) who got the
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A brief but exciting update …

Many of you will have been anxious to hear some news today so our apologies for not posting sooner but things have been rather hectic! This is just a brief update to say that Nige and 20 Spoon-billed Sandpiper eggs arrived at Heathrow in the early hours of this morning. By mid-morning
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Sandpiper Sex Ratio

We have learnt some very promising news regarding the sexes of our twelve strong flock of spoon-billed sandpipers. We were recently informed of the sexes of almost all of the birds which includes at least four females – hooray! This gives us a ratio of four females to seven males with
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View from plane between Meino and Anadyr c Christoph Zockler

Back Home

As you remember, everything suddenly went very quickly and we were unexpectedly out of Meino last Tuesday,  yet again without any delay. There was little time to say goodbye to everybody! So what has happened since: We know from Baz H. the eggs are still in Moscow, waiting for some mo
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An update from Baz

As you all might have guessed by now, Nige and the eggs are in Moscow waiting for a flight back to the UK.After a very tense week … largely incommunicado … we are now back in contact – planning the logistics of flying the spoon-billed sandpiper eggs back to the UK. You might thi
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Another text update from Nige

09:18, Thursday 28 June @ Yakutsk airport Liza T. and I are now with the eggs in Yakutsk airport after flying for 3 hours. The plane is refuelling (takes 1.5 hours). We’ve another 6.5 hrs fly time to Moscow. There have been one or two bumps along the way … we can only hope the baby SB
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Liz hands over to Nigel before the flight

Incubating eggs safely landed in Anadyr

Today was miraculous: for the third time in the expedition, the helicopter flew as originally scheduled. This time, for the 1.5 hour flight from Meinypil’gyno to Anadyr, the helicopter carried the incubator, attached to a battery, and with a full complement of eggs. The charge of the
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Text messages from Nige – it’s all systems go!

17:52 (BST), Saturday 23 June @ Moscow Zoo Text message: I’m at zoo. Got through customs without a hitch. They x-rayed my bags but let me through. Please let all of our support team at Slimbridge know.   14:56 (BST), Sunday 24 June @ Departures lounge, Sheremetyevo Airport, Mosco
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Poster from Myanmar to Meiny School c Baz Scampion

Meinypil’gyno school and an incubator full of eggs

The team met with the schoolkids today. Sayam showed some funny shots of children playing in Bangladesh, as well as short video clips of mangrove delta Spoon-billed Sandpiper habitat, and bare feet walking on a sucky mudflat. This last clip raised giggles from these tundra-raised kids
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