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.

Evgeny Syroechkovskiy

Evgeny supervises the project in Russia and secures the relevant permissions.

Evgeny is currently Director of Birds Russia and Head of the Arctic Biodiversity Conservation Centre of the All-Russian Institute for Nature Conservation. As well as a wide range of scientific interests relevant to Arctic bird conservation and ornithology with a focus on Anatidae and shorebirds, he has worked on spoon-billed sandpipers for the last 13 years and is chair of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership Spoon-Billed Sandpiper Task Force . He has spent 25 field seasons in the Russian Arctic and also conducted surveys for spoon-billed sandpiper in India and South East-Asia.