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.

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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Chicks are colour ringed

Yesterday I visited the chicks to help colour ring them so we can follow the progress of each bird as an individual. I was staggered at their development- it was only a week since I saw them for the first time when the last brood was just hatching. Now they are all running around call
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Nemo

Another apology for the lack of blog posts. Things are still a bit busy here! Nige and Nicky are fine and the 17 chicks are thriving, although one has a bit of a leg problem which is worrying us, but we hope it will pull through. It may have fallen over and injured itself (these birds
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Spoon-billed Sandiper chick (Paul Marshall)

How do they do it?

For the past nine days, since the eggs arrived at Slimbridge, Nige and Nicky have worked non-stop. And I mean quite literally non-stop – 24 hours a day – grabbing two hours of sleep here and there in between checking the eggs and chicks. Their only breaks to see the outside world are
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For anyone who wants more video…

…here’s seven minutes of otherwise unedited footage of the final leg of the eggs’ journey, their arrival at WWT Slimbridge, Nige and Nicky checking the eggs, the eggs hatching…and the first SBS chicks to hatch in the UK!  
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24-hour old Spoon-billed Sandpiper chick (Paul Marshall)

The first pictures and video

Once again, apologies for the intermittent and brief posts this week. For Nige and Nicky it has been full-on, 24 hours a day, looking after the rapidly growing chicks and checking the as-yet-unhatched eggs. So…what has been happening? Well, after the eggs arrived at Slimbridge l
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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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