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.
Blue Right (2011 Male). 30th November, 7th January, 21st January & 4th February.

Slimbridge Spoonies- A Quick Update

Since the decision was made to time-shift the Spoonies (bring the breeding season forward by altering day length) things have been a little apprehensive in the polytunnels… so has it paid off? For most of their lives the Spoonies have experienced artificial day lengths, using ar
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Soaking up some winter sun. Photo by Jodie Clements.

Slimbridge Spoonies: New Year, New Hope.

Preparations for next season are well underway! Here’s a brief summary of what the Spoonies have been up to post breeding season. Since our last update in July the captive Spoonies (and the team) have been very busy indeed. Once it was established the breeding season was over the bird
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Lime 43, an adult Spoonie satellite-tagged at Meinypil’gyno, north-east Russia, now moulting in Jiangsu on 19 Sep 2017. The back-mounted tag and fine tag aerial are only just visible. Photo by Chi Yanqing.

New mission underway to tag Spoon-billed Sandpipers

Update from Guy Anderson, RSPB Its October again, and the brief Arctic summer is well and truly over. The annual cycle of Arctic-breeding waders mirrors the tides that many see every day outside the breeding season. The boreal winter is low tide – birds settled in their wintering quar
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper, XT, resplendent in summer plumage. Photo by Guy Anderson.

Spring tagging in Jiangsu, China: update from Dr. Guy Anderson

From Guy Anderson In October 2016, we fitted satellite transmitters to three Spoon-billed Sandpipers on their autumn moult and migration staging area in the south-west corner of the Yellow Sea; in Jiangsu province, China. The tags performed very well and tracked these birds south and
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Reporter Xu looking for illegal nets on Dongting Lake in Hunan, Central China

Final episode of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ tonight at 7pm on Channel 4

The final episode of the stunning documentary series ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ airs tonight at 7pm on Channel 4 in the UK. Don’t miss it! This episode, called ‘For a Better Future’, sees little Gama studying at the largest Tibetan Monastery in Ch
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Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery in the world

Silent Spring: Episode 4 of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ tonight at 7pm on Channel 4

Episode 4, ‘Silent Spring’, of the documentary series that is telling the story of the current environmental struggles in China featuring the spoon-billed sandpiper is on the UK’s Channel 4 tonight (Saturday 26 November) at 7pm. The fourth episode in this series of f
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Phil Agland filming spoon-billed sandpipers on the coastal mudflats of East China

From Death Comes Life: Episode 3 of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ Saturday at 7pm on Channel 4

Episode 3, ‘From Death Comes Life’, of the documentary series that is telling the story of the current environmental struggles in China featuring the spoon-billed sandpiper is on  the UK’s Channel 4 tomorrow night, at 7pm on Saturday 19 November. The third episode in
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China: Between Clouds and Dreams continues on Channel 4 on Saturdays at 7pm

Local heroes battle to save their environment: Episode 2 of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ tonight at 7pm on Channel 4

The documentary series that is telling the story of the current environmental struggles in China featuring the spoon-billed sandpiper continues in the UK on Channel 4 at 7pm tonight (Saturday 12 November). In Episode 2, ‘Local Heroes’, the stories introduced in the first e
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Between Clouds and Dreams

Don’t miss ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’: Episode 1 airs in the UK on Sat 5 Nov at 7pm on Channel 4

The new environmental documentary series, ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’, which features the plight of the spoon-billed sandpiper, is premiering on UK television at 7pm on Saturday 5 November on Channel 4. A must watch! This stunning new documentary series was made for Chinese Cen
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