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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.

Tanya Grigg

Tanya started working at Slimbridge in 1989. She has worked in several departments but has most enjoyed working in the Slimbridge duckery and for the Conservation Breeding Unit. Tanya started working for the Conservation Breeding Unit in 2013. Initially, she was responsible for the da
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Nicola Hiscock

Nicky is WWT’s Conservation Breeding Assistant and is responsible for the day-to-day care of the spoon-billed sandpipers at Slimbridge. Her first job in aviculture was a temporary one, helping Nigel’s team rear common cranes for release into the wild in Somerset. The team discovered s
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Nigel Jarrett

Nigel is WWT’s Head of Conservation Breeding, heading up projects for common crane, Madagascar pochard and spoon-billed sandpiper. With nearly 30 years’ hands-on experience, he has worked in the UK and abroad with all but ten of the world’s 163 wildfowl species and all of the world’s
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