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.
Nice to see our juvenile Spoon-billed Sandpipers at Slimbridge creeping into this @WWTSlimbridge 2020 promotional video. Following in Scott's footsteps, our conservation pioneers @WWTworldwide are helping to #SaveSpoonie
Our Slimbridge 2020 project will transform Slimbridge with new, inspirational and immersive experiences to get you closer to nature. While the project takes shape, let's take a look back at what and who inspired it 👇
Great to use @fidhw @BTOCymru @API_Pontio beautifully made life like Spoon-billed Sandpiper decoys in #China last week, setting them out on the rice paddies over the high tide period at #Tiaozini #SaveSpoonie #Shorebirds @WWTconservation @RSPBScience @KaneBrides @Guy_QA_Anderson2
Collaborating for conservation research again! @BTO_Cymru, @API_Pontio and I, making experimental Spoon-billed Sandpiper decoys to try & help with monitoring work in China. Long process - 3D scan, Fimo modelling (that bill!), 3D edits, print, mount & paint... how did we do? 4