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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.
Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary

Important Spoon-billed Sandpiper location becomes Myanmar’s 6th Ramsar site!

An update from Christoph Zöckler When in 2006 the second winter search Expedition of the SBS Task Force found eight Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Teknaf at the southern tip of Bangladesh, we looked across to Myanmar and dreamt of going there to continue our search. Gillian Bunting, the GI
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Spoon-billed sandpiper Lime M4 ringed as a chick in Russia in 2016. Photo by Kane Brides/WWT.

Spoonies in China: 2019 expedition complete

Update from Nigel Clark I start writing this as we are stuck in a traffic jam on the way back to Shanghai to catch our flights home. The trip should take 3 hours but we have only moved a kilometre in the last hour and a half. That is the problem of travelling on the Chinese golden wee
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Yellow ET at the Minjiang Estuary, Fujian, China on 29 October 2016. Photo by Du Feng-luan / Fujian Bird Watching Society.

Technology coming to the aid of spoonie: finding the unknown

From Nigel Clark on behalf of the Satellite tagging team. In 2009, Rhys Green and I were tasked with assessing how we could use new technology to track Spoon-billed Sandpipers. We thought that this would be an easy task but the more we looked into how we could safely attach any tag th
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Gulf of Mottama. Photo by Christoph Zockler.

New protection for a key spoon-billed sandpiper site in Myanmar

From Christoph Zockler The government of Myanmar has designated part of the Gulf of Mottama in Mon State, a key site for spoon-billed sandpipers, as Myanmar’s fourth Ramsar site. It’s great news for spoon-billed sandpipers and wetland conservation in Myanmar. Myanmar is home to
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