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.

Slimbridge Spoonies: Bringing you up to speed

An update from Nigel Jarrett and team It’s been awhile since the last update on the spoon-billed sandpiper population at WWT Slimbridge not least because 2020 was a year of ups and downs, and another when we learned more about the ex situ management of this special species. We went in
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Sleepy Spoonies. Photo by Jodie Clements

Slimbridge Spoonies: As cool as a Spoonie

Once again this year we are experiencing a super-hot summer! Seeing as the Slimbridge Spoonies can’t migrate to the wetlands of China like their wild counterparts, we have to bring the wetlands to them. Current temperatures in the United Kingdom actually match well to where they would
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Hungry hungry Spoonie. Photo by Jodie Clements.

Slimbridge Spoonies: Insect feast!

A bite-sized update 😉 Spoonie ‘Pink Dark Green’ was so distracted by the fruit flies he didn’t even notice he was being filmed until the very last moment! During the breeding season we increase the amount of live insects fed to the captive Spoonies to replicate the massive hatch off o
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Team photo nearing the end of the expedition. Photo by Julia Darkova.

News from the Field: 2020 update and 2019 reminiscence

The Corona virus pandemic has changed life as we know it. Every person on this earth is adjusting and adapting to these ever changing circumstances, and the team behind the survey and headstarting expeditions to Meinopylgyno (aka Meino) are doing all they can to proceed with this vita
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