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 day-to-day care of Spoon-billed Sandpipers but also assisted with the specialised costume-rearing of Eurasian Cranes, as part of the Great Crane Project, for release in Somerset. Since 2013, Tanya has also been involved in incubating, hatching and rearing Baer’s Pochard and Black-tailed Godwits and maintaining a population of Dunlin. Tanya played a key role in achieving the breeding of Spoon-billed Sandpipers in 2016.
Anyone ever estimated typical flight height of Spoonbilled Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)? Are SBS usually found in flocks of other waders and migrate in mixed spp flocks or solitary? #spoonbilledsandpiper #savespoonie @BirdLife_Asia @SayamChowdhury @SBS_in_China @EAAFP
Valuable life histories from colour flags help reveal #savespoonie flyway and demography. Birders and photographers making a big contribution! @SayamChowdhury @SBS_in_China @EAAFP @BirdLife_Asia
Delighted to see that “Yellow VE” is still alive and photographed from Tiaozini, China by Feng Qian last weekend! Yellow VE was flagged in August 2017 in Kamchatka, Russia by Dr. Yuri Gerasimov; it wintered in Bangladesh in 2018, wonder where it wintered or summered in 2019–2020
Yet another example of the talent of our Russian colleagues currently visiting @WWTSlimbridge to discuss our spoonie headstarting project
Headstarting just 10 nests per year increases pop trend by 3% #SaveSpoonie @WWTworldwide https://twitter.com/_James1Phillips/status/1230978416993882113
Great catching up with Birdlife Russia, @WWTconservation @BazWWT & the Spoonie team @WWTSlimbridge 2day...There are biscuits & then there are amazing Spoon-billed Sandpiper gingerbread biscuits. Wonderful biscuits made by Nikolai’s wife, just possibly the best biscuits ever made! 3