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.

Conservation Breeding Report – Expedition to Russia 2012

Baz Hughes (WWT Head of Species Conservation) produced this short report on the 2012 conservation breeding expedition. We hope you enjoy reading it. Conservation breeding report – expedition to Russia 2012  
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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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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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Saving the spoon-billed sandpiper: the motion picture

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the story, and we are delighted to announce that our feature-length film of the epic 2011 expedition to Chukotka is available. From the official media release: Shot guerrilla-style, in the field by its stars, saving the spoon-billed sandpiper
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Headstarting in Meinypil’gyno

While Nige and Nicky have been hard at work rearing the birds for the conservation breeding programme, on the opposite side of the world Roland Digby is going through the same stresses, trials and tribulations as he raises chicks for the headstarting programme. Roland has six red-neck
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The lost posts: Escape from Meina

This post got lost in the ether between Meinypil’gyno and Slimbridge but Phil since managed to rescue it from his hard drive when he got home. Phil writes: At Meina, Pavel and Egor had located a brood of Grey-tailed Tattlers in a survey of the mountain streams and the nest of a
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Siberian Rubythroat (c) Phil Palmer

The lost posts: Marooned in Meino

This post got lost in the ether between Meinypil’gyno and Slimbridge but Phil since managed to rescue it from his hard drive when he got home. Phil writes: Last weekend, the Heritage Cruise arrived with lots of friends on board. Evgeny & Lena Syroechkovsky with their close f
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View from plane between Meino and Anadyr c Christoph Zockler

Back Home

As you remember, everything suddenly went very quickly and we were unexpectedly out of Meino last Tuesday,  yet again without any delay. There was little time to say goodbye to everybody! So what has happened since: We know from Baz H. the eggs are still in Moscow, waiting for some mo
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An update from Baz

As you all might have guessed by now, Nige and the eggs are in Moscow waiting for a flight back to the UK.After a very tense week … largely incommunicado … we are now back in contact – planning the logistics of flying the spoon-billed sandpiper eggs back to the UK. You might thi
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Another text update from Nige

09:18, Thursday 28 June @ Yakutsk airport Liza T. and I are now with the eggs in Yakutsk airport after flying for 3 hours. The plane is refuelling (takes 1.5 hours). We’ve another 6.5 hrs fly time to Moscow. There have been one or two bumps along the way … we can only hope the baby SB
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