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.
Brooder with chicks of various ages after hatching, 8 July 2017. Photo by Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the Field: Eggs hatched and release pen ready to go

Update from Roland Digby At 15:30hrs on 10 July, our 30th and last chick hatched! Although we didn’t expect all 34 viable eggs to hatch, we had hoped for 32. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, with one dying just as it started to hatch and two others just before pipping,
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Ivan checking the 1st clutch of eggs in the hatcher to make sure all pips are on the tops of the eggs, 1 July 2017. Photo by Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the Field: Hatching update from 3 July

Update from Roland Digby (from 3 July 2017) On 1 July, clutch A pipped and were all moved from the Hemel incubator to the AB Newlife hatcher. As of 3 July, a total of 24 of the 34 viable eggs have pipped and been moved over and we expect the remaining 10 eggs in the incubators to pip
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Ivan and Yuri making the final collection on 24 June 2017. Photo by N. Yakushev.

News from the Field: 38 eggs!

On 24 June, the final clutch of eggs was collected from the plain at the foot of the moraine hills close to the village, making a total of 38 eggs collected. This is amazing because at one point earlier in the season when the floods were inundating territories (particularly in Angkavi
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Carefully negotiating the ice flows. Photo by Nigel Clark.

News from the Field: Three more spoonies have been tagged to track migration south to the Yellow Sea

With funding from the Mohamed bin Zayed Conservation Fund, Nigel Clark has gone to the Spoonie breeding grounds to fit satellite tags to three breeding birds in the hope that we can learn where they stop on their migration south to the Yellow Sea. For more information on how the Moham
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Headstarted White 0C, 11 June 2017.

News from the Field: The first eggs of 2017

The team has collected the first eggs of the season, many more flagged birds have been seen and flooding continues to cause problems. Here’s the latest from Russia. From Roland Digby We collected the first clutch of eggs this week – four eggs were collected from the nest o
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Frozen flooded release site at Meinypil’gyno, 3 Jun 2017.

News from the Field: First update from the team

We’re very pleased to be able to share the first news from the field with you. Roland and the BirdsRussia team have been at the breeding grounds for almost a month now but have had a more limited internet connection than usual. Below is the first update we received and we’
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White MA resting at the monument, 4 June 2016.

All hands on deck: the 2017 breeding season is imminent

It’s that time of year again! The monitoring and headstarting team have arrived at the breeding grounds in Meinypil’gyno, Russia to await the return of the spoon-billed sandpipers, and at WWT Slimbridge, we’ve moved birds to breeding aviaries and the singing and nest scrap
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News from the field: And they’re off!

Yesterday, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper headstarting programme successfully released 30 fledglings. That’s the most in a single year and means we’ve now released over 100 Spoon-billed Sandpipers (111 to be exact)! Roland has let us know that the release went to plan with all
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The release pen set-up with four rearing coups inside, 14 July 2016. Photo by Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the field: One more week until release

There are now 30 chicks thriving under the team’s care and living in the release aviary. The chicks have one more week to get accustomed to their surroundings with release planned for early next week! In the last blog, we reported that 22 chicks had successfully hatched and ten
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Eggs in hatcher all imminently about to hatch, 2 July 2016. Photo by Roland Digby/WWT.

News from the field: Chicks, chicks and more chicks

The team reached their target of collecting 36 eggs and within days, 22 of those eggs hatched! The chicks are doing well and should all be ready for a single release in a few weeks time.  Last time we heard from Roland he reported that the incubator was almost full with 32 eggs but th
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