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.
a rallying cry to conservationists, to work together to stem the decline of species worldwide. @RSPBScience has worked with partners around the globe to bring Asian vultures @SAVEVultures and spoon billed sandpipers #savespoonie back from the brink
We have a few years we’re given on this earth to make it a little better than we found it. All of the easy problems were solved before we arrived. Here’s to finding partners, heroes, mentors and soulmates who keep us focused on tackling the problems we can solve together.
The adventures of Lime 07. This super spoonie #ASAPSpecies became the first ever recorded Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Indonesia! https://t.co/U1AAznzzj0 @BazWWT @WWTworldwide @BirdLife_News #savespoonie2