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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.

Kane Brides

Kane joined the team in 2018, helping with catching and survey efforts of spoon-billed sandpipers and other wader species in China. Kane works in the Conservation Science department of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). His main interests lie in species monitoring and in particu
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James Phillips

James has had a lifelong passion for birds and nature conservation and has worked for Defra and now for Natural England (the UK Government’s adviser for the natural environment in England) since 2000. He has managed Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme and currently leads on t
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Paul Insua-Cao

Paul joined the RSPB in 2013 to support build the capacity of BirdLife Partners in South East Asia. He is proud to say that on his very first day in the field working for the RSPB he saw the Spoon-billed Sandpiper (briefly) at Pak Thale in Thailand. He has been managing projects for t
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Saree Manit (Mr. Daeng)

Mr. Daeng (Saree Manit) is the main local bird watcher at Laem Phak Bia in Thailand, an important wintering site for spoon-billed sandpipers. He is a fisherman with 10 years of bird watching experience. Mr. Daeng was the first to spot Light green 02 (the ‘monument female’)
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Suchart Daengpayon (Mr. Tii)

Mr. Tii (Suchart Daengpayon) started watching shorebirds in 1995. He is a resident of Khok Kham, Samut Sakhon, Thailand and probably the most adept finder of spoon-billed sandpipers around the Thai Inner Gulf. On behalf of the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) he participat
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Jonathan Martinez

Jonathan is a French birdwatcher who has been based in Shenzhen, China for over 10 years. He spends most of his free time leading research on the avifauna of South China. His monitoring efforts cover most of the coastal sites of south west Guangdong and he has identified a number of p
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Vivian Fu

Vivian Fu began working on the conservation of spoon-billed sandpiper in mainland China in 2011. She works for the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society/BirdLife International China Programme and is a member of the EAAFP Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force. She focuses on building capacity in
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Zhang Lin

Zhang Lin is a freelance birding guide living in Shanghai, China. When a new bridge opened across the Yangtze River in 2008, Lin and his friends began visiting Dongtai and Rudong in Jiangsu frequently for birdwatching, recording more than 370 species in the area and establishing it as
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Pyae Phyo Aung (Phyolay)

Pyae Phyo Aung (aka Phyolay) coordinates conservation of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Myanmar as a national representative on the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force and staff of the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA). He has been involved in conservation of the S
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Md. Foysal

Foysal has been working in coastal areas of Bangladesh since 2007 with special focus on waterbirds. He joined Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Project (BSCP) as a volunteer in 2010, and then formally joined the project in 2011. He worked on hunting mitigation of shorebirds and conduc
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