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.

Roughing it gives great rewards!

We are just back in Yangon having spent the last 8 days on an expedition to resurvey the waders that winter on the upper Bay of Martaban. The team consisted of Nigel Clark from the BTO, Guy Anderson, Graeme Buchanan and Rhys Green from the RSPB, Geoff Hilton from WWT and five ornithol
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Spoon-billed Sandpipers in Myanmar: a tourist’s account

An international team has just arrived in Myanmar to survey Spoon-billed Sandpipers in the Gulf of Mottama. While we wait for their news, here is an account of a recent holiday visit to the country from Sash Tusa. The tide was still rising, and we had agreed to postpone lunch for the
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Map showing completed (black lines) and proposed (red lines) land reclamation at Rudong

Now back in the UK

A team lead by SBS in China and with five international wader experts: Nigel Clark from BTO, James Phillips from Natural England, Guy Anderson and Andy Schofield from RSPB and Rich Hearn from WWT, has come together to survey the autumn concentration of Spoon-billed Sandpiper on the Ji
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Just some of the dead and dying birds showing signs of poisoning: Red-necked Stints, Kentish and Lesser Sand Plovers, Dunlin and even a Red-necked Phalarope. Thankfully we didn't find any spoonies. For now. (c) Guy Anderson

More from the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Survey team China: good news and bad news

Nigel Clark wrote on the start of autumn surveys for Spoon-billed Sandpipers along the Jiangsu Province coastline, in China. Guy Anderson takes up the story… The tide is falling.  The huge mudflats on the Chinese east coast are revealing themselves again, a twice daily disappear
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Lime green J1 (c) Kouhei Shinomiya

2014 juvenile seen in Japan

A spoon-billed sandpiper that hatched in the wild this summer at Meinypilgyno has been spotted on migration in Japan. Japanese birder Kouhei Shinomiya photographed the bird on the Yoshino River in Tokushima Prefecture. The inscription J1 on its lime green leg flag is clear in the phot
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Rudong mudflats, China (c) Tong Menxui

Update from the Spoon-billed Sandpiper survey team in Rudong, China

A team lead by SBS in China and with five international wader experts: Nigel Clark from BTO, James Phillips from Natural England, Guy Anderson and Andy Schofield from RSPB and Rich Hearn from WWT, has come together to survey the autumn concentration of Spoon-billed Sandpiper on the Ji
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Roland’s first grand-chick!

Media Release issued on behalf of WWT, RSPB, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo, BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona Consulting and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force This little fellow is the first ever spoon-billed sandpiper chick to be hatched in the wild by a hand-reared bird. Spoon-bil
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The monumental tale of the Monument male, ‘Lime 01’

On the 4th September 2014 Chinese birders spotted a leg-flagged Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Rudong, an important staging post for this critically endangered wader. A flurry of emails soon revealed that this tiny bird was in fact Lime 01, also known as the Monument male because his breed
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Spoon-billed sandpiper gets renewed commitment from Leica Camera AG

The Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper has received renewed support from German optics company, Leica Camera AG. The miniature wader is the focus of an intense international conservation bid to save it from extinction, that’s included starting a conservation breeding program
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News from the field

Our indefatigable aviculturist in the field, Roland Digby, has been run off his feet but he’s managed to send a few short emails. I’m sure you’ll appreciate the news he has… ROLAND (29/06/2014 18:13): The 2011 head-started bird (lime green 8), has laid eggs!! W
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