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.
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News from the field: China expedition September 2018

Update from Kane Brides. On Wednesday 5th September a team from the UK arrived in Shanghai to join colleagues from New Zealand, Hong Kong and China to continue the latest survey efforts of Spoon-billed Sandpipers in Jiangsu Province. Three aims of the expedition are keeping the team b
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Chicks galore – 8 July 2011

8th July 2011 The crew of the Heritage Expedition’s Spirit of Enderby (our transport back to Anadyr) were ashore. They were bringing visitors to see the SBS on the breeding grounds and had brought good news from their search further south…a SBS nest had been found there du
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Two weeks of non stop action – 7 July 2011

7 July 2011 Apologies to all for the extended radio silence, on our search for spoon-billed sandpiper nests. The past fortnight has been the most intense, exhausting, but exciting time for the team here. We’ve been working day and night, meticulously searching for signs of breeding ad
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Fingers crossed – 5 July 2011

5 July 2011 The boat arrives soon – weather permitting – and we need to pack and carefully move the eggs and all our equipment ready to go, hopefully in a couple of days.   Who knows when we can update next…probably not until we get back to Anadyr…keep crossing your finger
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Happy birthday Liza – 4 July 2011

4 July 2011 It was a disturbed night, someone was banging at the door at 0400, we had nothing for whoever it was. Nige was up on and off all night long checking the incubators. I went to breakfast and left Nige catching up on sleep for a bit. I have spent a few sessions over recent da
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Not counting chickens before they hatch – the aviculturist in me takes over – 3 July 2011

3 July 2011 0900hrs The day began with sunshine.  Nikolay is searching the hills for one more suspected nest. Jochen is to look at another area where he watched a displaying male in previous weeks. We did not see or hear this bird on my only visit here with Nikolay but it has been see
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Encouraging signs of Life – 2 July 2011

2 July 2011 A misty, cool day with no sun on offer.   What has for me been a rather anxious couple of waiting days culminated in post dinner meeting with Nikolay, Pavel and Liza.  On their arrival Nige was fielding another ropey skype call to WWT, Pavel joined in to comment. On comple
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Incubating the eggs – 29 June 2011

29 June 2011 I woke a few times, every hour and finally checked my clock to see it was now 0440. I had beaten my alarm clock which was set for 0500. I woke Nige and Simon, we had a coffee and got set up for the day. The weather was OK, cool and overcast but dry and not too windy. As w
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Just what we are here for! Our first clutch of eggs – 19 June 2011

19 June 2011 Late afternoon Nige dropped Simon at the foot of the hills so he could search he returned for me as I was going to lead him to a Dunlin nest later. Pavel, Egor and Nikolay were all searching the moraine hill territories for SBS nests. Jochen went with Gerrit to the east e
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Trekking through the hills – 18 June 2011

18 June 2011 Nige and I spent the day searching for nests with Jochen, each day we partner, go it alone or form a group to search, we covered several over hills, marsh and gravel,  and employed a treble transect technique, forming a line with the three of us spaced out and walking the
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