Message from Moscow 20 July 2011

We heard from Nige and Martin while they were transferring flights at Moscow on their long journey home from Anadyr.   They confirmed that the 17 chicks are doing well. Before they left they managed to build a 7 x 5 metre aviary and construct four rearing units on an area of tundra by an … Continue reading

More bittersweet news 19 July 2011

We’ve had a last text from Nige before he left Anadyr. Very sadly a small chick died the night before last. As we’ve reported before the survival rate of chicks in the wild is extremely low. So, to still have 17 chicks alive and well is better than we could have expected. The good news … Continue reading

So far so good… 14 July 2011

Just had a text from Nige in Anadyr, all chicks are ok with the two hatched yesterday still drying off. They won’t get up and about for about 36 hours so we’ll wait until then to see what happens. As always, we’ll keep you posted.

Final two eggs hatching!

17:19 BST Text just received from Nigel Jarrett in Anadyr… last two eggs are hatching as we speak. Fingers crossed they’re ok and take our total up to 18! Keep you posted.

Spreading the Word

Nigel Jarrett (closest) This post comes from WWT’s HQ at Slimbridge: News of our incredible success hatching a phenomenal number of spoon-billed sandpiper chicks is spreading far and wide. Yesterday, Nigel Jarrett was interviewed on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2 live from Russia which prompted listeners’ texts and phone calls in support of … Continue reading

Bittersweet news – 12 July 2011

12th July 2011 Roland and Liz have arrived today. They make up Team 2 who are going to take over from myself and Nige Jarrett when we return to the UK in about 10 days. Roland Digby is WWT’s Conservation Breeding Officer and Liz Brown works for the New Zealand Department of Conservation and has … Continue reading

And then there were 17! 11 July 2011

11th July 2011 Well what an eventful few days. boarded the ship with the eight newly hatched chicks, 12 eggs, considerable anxiety about the trip on rough seas and a great deal of hope. We got off the other end with only three eggs, but an amazing 17 chicks, so we were as happy as … Continue reading

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 during the search. Nige returned from the Spirit … Continue reading

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 adult birds, locating nests and watching for any predator … Continue reading

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 fingers for the spoon-billed sandpipers.