Liz writes: A bit of a break from SBS for a while today to see some of the local sights. One of the most amazing experiences of Anadyr is the hundreds of beluga whales that feed on salmon in the river, particularly around the docks. Along with the beluga are harbour seals that also
Liz writes: Not much to report, spent most of the afternoon digging up turf and replacing soiled turf from the runs. Settling into a routine of regular feeds, starting at 6am and finishing up when the last person goes to bed. We are now only running the generator to power the heat l
Roland writes: It has become apparent that the water dishes are not satisfactory for the young birds bathing requirements, unfortunately in one of the most remote parts of Russia, where do you buy bird baths? Fortunately for us in the apartment there happened to be five bucket lids, t
We heard from Nige and Martin while they were transferring flights at Moscow on their long journey home from Anadyr. They confirmed that the 17 chicks are doing well. Before they left they managed to build a 7 x 5 metre aviary and construct four rearing units on an area of tund
We’ve had a last text from Nige before he left Anadyr. Very sadly a small chick died the night before last. As we’ve reported before the survival rate of chicks in the wild is extremely low. So, to still have 17 chicks alive and well is better than we could have expected. The good new
Just had a text from Nige in Anadyr, all chicks are ok with the two hatched yesterday still drying off. They won’t get up and about for about 36 hours so we’ll wait until then to see what happens. As always, we’ll keep you posted.
Nigel Jarrett (closest) This post comes from WWT’s HQ at Slimbridge: News of our incredible success hatching a phenomenal number of spoon-billed sandpiper chicks is spreading far and wide. Yesterday, Nigel Jarrett was interviewed on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 live from Russia whi
12th July 2011 Roland and Liz have arrived today. They make up Team 2 who are going to take over from myself and Nige Jarrett when we return to the UK in about 10 days. Roland Digby is WWT’s Conservation Breeding Officer and Liz Brown works for the New Zealand Department of Conservati
11th July 2011 Well what an eventful few days. boarded the ship with the eight newly hatched chicks, 12 eggs, considerable anxiety about the trip on rough seas and a great deal of hope. We got off the other end with only three eggs, but an amazing 17 chicks, so we were as happy as hap
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