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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.

Nikolay Yakoshev

Nikolay is one of the leading field researchers working on spoon-billed sandpipers and is a regular on the annual expedition to Chukotka. He’s particularly skilled at finding nests.

Nikolay works at Saratov University as a Zoology lecturer. He has been studying spoon-billed sandpipers at Meinypil’gyno since 2005. He has been involved in many other nature protection projects, such as the conservation of rare birds in the Lower Volga (started in 1996) and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems, Volgograd Reservoir (from 2008). Nikolay led the spoon-billed sandpiper nest searching teams in 2011 and 2012. In recent years he was a member of two expeditions to South-East Asia to the spoon-billed sandpiper’s wintering grounds (in 2008 and 2011). Nikolay has found over 100 spoon-billed sandpipers nests making him one of the most experienced spoon-billed sandpiper field ornithologists in the world.