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Critically endangered spoon-billed sandpipers fledglings have increased in number by a quarter in 2013, after conservationists intervened to hand rear chicks. As few as 100 breeding pairs remain in the wild, rearing just 60 young between them each year on average. The 16 additional ha
Roland and Nicky returned from Russia last week, after a successful expedition headstarting spoon-billed sandpipers. They’re taking some well-earned time off now, but Roland still kindly gave us a debrief: From my perspective this year was so much better. We learned a lot last year be
Roland, Nicky and the team have been without internet for the best part of a week, but last night Roland sent some notes on what’s been happening. All the eggs hatched okay in the end. One chick was badly positioned in the egg and needed assistance once it became apparent that it was
Twenty critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper chicks have hatched under WWT’s expert care in the Russian Far East. Conservationists took the eggs from the wild, in order to protect them from extreme weather and predators. The first hatched early last Wednesday morning and they c
Week 1 (11th – 19th June) Three days of travelling and I was finally at my destination – Meinypil’gyno, Chukotka in Far North East Russia. The helicopter journey from Anadyr airport was truly spectacular and certainly made up for the many boring hours of travelling I had experienced o
08 June A very wet and quiet day on the surveying front; however, a very busy one for us all in the village. Pavel and Egor moved out to go and stay with Nikolai and Nastai, giving me a chance to give the house a deep clean and make sure everything was in its correct place before the
Roland has sent another bulletin through the ether from Russia, updating us on happenings from earlier in the month. Sadly no photos for now. 03 June Today was a good day as Roman had serviced and repaired the blue-black quad bikes, meaning we could now visit areas much further
27 May Today was a real trek, from the village down and along the Third River to the SW corner of Lake Pikul’ney and then North along the moraine hills on its Eastern shore towards an area known as the Cross, then into the moraine hills about a kilometre and back to the Third River an
22/05, got an invite from Andre to cross the ice on the second river and go out onto the coastal spit to see the whales and sea birds at close range. Thus far they’ve only been viewable through a scope at the river mouth (still very impressive, but will be better at close range)
Roland Digby has headed to Meinoypil’gyno to headstart another generation of Spoon-billed Sandpipers this breeding season. Despite a weak internet connection, he has managed to report back on his first few days: Arrived in Anadyr on 16 May; weather clear but very cold and, alth
The spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programme is a collaboration between WWT, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo and the RSPB working with colleagues from the BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force.
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