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.

Slimbridge spoonies successfully migrate 30 centimetres… to ‘China’!

The captive spoon-billed sandpiper flock at Slimbridge last week made the first stage of their ‘journey’ towards breeding successfully. Months of preparation have gone into creating open air aviaries for the birds, which will mimic their summer breeding grounds, as well as being divis
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Hand reared SBS with white leg flag shortly after release (c) roland digby

Hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper spotted after flying quarter-way round the world

A rare hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper has been spotted for the first time in the wild, more than 8,000km from where it was released. 25 of the critically endangered birds have been raised over two years by an Anglo-Russia conservation team on the Russian tundra, before being relea
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Update on the Slimbridge flock

The birds’ new summer accommodation is almost finished. The polytunnel is up and within it are both the non-breeding birds’ summer living quarters and separate enclosures for breeding pairs. After a few weeks of groundworks and construction, all that needs to be done now is setup the
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Boys and girls

For the conservation breeding programme, for obvious reasons, we need both female and male birds. So, as the birds grow up, we’re anxious to find out who’s what. We can make a reasonable guess based on their size, because the females are on average larger than the males. But to be sur
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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  
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Spoon-billed sandpipers on the radio – Tuesday

We’ve just heard from Radio 4’s Saving Species that this coming Tuesday they will broadcast interviews from their recent visit to see the Slimbridge flock . Presenter Brett Westwood interviewed Nige Jarrett and WWT Director of Conservation, Dr Debbie Pain, at the wintering
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Russian conservation trials pave way for spoon-billed sandpiper recovery

Media Release issued on behalf of WWT, RSPB, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo, BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona Consulting and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force An Anglo-Russian team has successfully trialled conservation methods that will pave the way for Critically Endangered spoon-
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An update from the conservation breeding flock

We thought it is time we shared some footage of the 2012 birds in the wintering aviaries at Slimbridge. As you can see they are doing really well. This was taken a few weeks ago, when the weather was warm and the birds were in the outside part of the aviary. We also have some pictures
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Kate Humble visits the Spoon-billed Sandpipers at Slimbridge

Kate Humble sees the spoon-billed sandpipers for the first time.

As thanks to Kate for all the work she has done so far to champion the spoon-billed sandpiper, Martin McGill and Kristian Purchase  from WWT gave Kate Humble a behind the scenes tour of their Slimbridge enclosure. Her face says it all. Kate popped in to Slimbridge to sign a selection
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Saving the spoon-billed sandpiper – another trailer

If you enjoyed the trailer for the spoon-billed sandpiper film yesterday you might enjoy this too. It’s slightly longer.   Don’t forget to tell friends and family – or better still buy them a copy!  
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