Debbie has worked at WWT as director of conservation for the last 9 years and spent the previous 15 years at RSPB running their international research unit. Debbie has worked on a range of conservation issues including: bird conservation and agricultural policy; climate change, bird distributions and reserve networks; environmental toxicology (particularly lead poisoning in birds) and the bird trade. She has also been involved in programmes to save many threatened bird species across the world, including the spoon-billed sandpiper (since 2009). She is passionate about spoon-billed sandpipers and saw her first one, a wintering bird, in Thailand many decades ago. She has now been fortunate enough to encounter them while contributing to WWT’s conservation efforts both at a key migratory staging post in China and on their Russian breeding grounds.
Incredible and moving footage of Spoonie's 05 and P7 in the Inner Gulf of #Thailand. An homage to this little bird flying towards extinction, and to our host country for its critical role in the race to save it and secure a future for Spoonies #SaveSpoonie https://youtu.be/U3-9xlJ8tfM
#SaveSpoonie @SBS_TF @SBS_in_China @EAAFP
Everyone uses Twitter now, but nothing beats the natural tweet of the beautiful but endangered spoon-billed sandpiper. Watch @CWilson_FCDO latest video as she explores the important UK-China work to protect biodiversity #COP15 #COP26 @WWTworldwide @Natures_Voice
Changes in intertidal mudflats may have contributed to a decline in spoon-billed sandpipers in 2019
Update of latest research in @GrahamFAppleton #WaderTales spoonies blog https://wadertales.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/spoon-billed-sandpipers-track-and-trace/
Paper by Qing Chang et al @WaderStudy https://bit.ly/3C4UvY4 #Ornithology #Waders