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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.

Ewan Weston

Ewan joined the team in 2015. In 2015 and 2016 he was part of the wader ringing team working with Nanjing Normal University catching spoon-billed sandpipers and other waders on the Jiangsu coast in China. Ewan works as an ecologist in Scotland on Golden Eagles and carried out his PhD
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Richard Hearn

Rich first became involved in spoon-billed sandpiper conservation in 2014, when he spent the autumn conducting surveys on the southern Jiangsu coast at Tiaozini and Yangkou with ornithologists from China and the UK. Rich returned in 2015 to help catch and colour-mark the first spoonie
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Katherine Leung

Katherine joined the SBS ringing team in Jiangsu in 2016. She works at the Mai Po Nature Reserve in Hong Kong on wetland and waterbird conservation since 2005 and has been bird ringing shorebirds and passerine there since 2007. She develops her interest in shorebird since her particip
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Jing Li

Jing started her conservation effort as a bird-watcher in 2006. She saw her first spoon-billed sandpiper in 2008, when she was a greenhand volunteer for the China Coastal Waterbird census team, and this changed her career path. In 2009, Jing and her team started the regular counts of
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David Melville

David has been working on shorebirds and wetland conservation in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway for more than 40 years – he ringed his first two spoon-billed sandpipers in Hong Kong in 1980 at a time when the species was still a regular, but uncommon, spring migrant. Curre
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Guy Anderson

Guy has worked for the Conservation Science team at RSPB (the UK BirdLife partner) since 1999. He has led research work on Brent Geese, farmland bird ecology in the UK and long-distance migrants. In his day job he now tries to manage science and scientists (= herding cats). His long h
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Nigel Clark

Nigel has been involved with wader conservation all his life and spent three years studying Dunlin for his PhD. He spent almost 30 years working at the BTO as Head of Projects before retiring in April 2016. Nigel first got involved in spoonies in 2008 when he was asked to independentl
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