One of our spoon-billed sandpipers gives its first adult call, and some sadder news

spoon-billed sandpiper video screen shot

Our flock of spoon-billed sandpipers are showing clear signs of maturing. All the birds have started to moult from juvenile into their first winter plumage, which is a polished silvery white like a suit of armour. During a recent evening feed all the birds were being particularly noisy, producing lots of sharp, high-pitched calls. The … Continue reading

See the spoon-billed sandpipers live via CCTV

watching the spoon-billed sandpipers in the Slimbridge cinema

By Nicky Hiscock, Conservation Breeding Assistant This is our 38th day of showing live footage of the spoon-billed sandpipers to the public via a CCTV link at the conservation breeding facility. Each day at 2.30pm, when the birds are fed, visitors to WWT Slimbridge can watch live video shown on  large screen in a 90-seat … Continue reading

Spoon-billed Sandpipers Enjoying Their New Facility

Birds under the heat lamps

By Nicky Hiscock, Conservation Breeding Assistant The sandpipers have been in their new home now for just over a month and they’re making good use of the surroundings we’ve carefully designed for them. The facility was built just in time for their arrival in 2011 and consists of two indoor enclosures where they can be … Continue reading

Slimbridge spoon-billed sandpiper event a success

Many thanks to everyone who made it to Slimbridge yesterday. It was fantastic to see so many people turn up in person on a cold winter day. Martin McGill, Roland Digby and Nige Jarrett spoke to a packed room about the ups and downs of the birds’ incredible journey. Look at the Flickr photo gallery. … Continue reading

Join Kate Humble for a very special event on 19 December

SBS chick

Please join us and our Vice-President Kate Humble for a very special event on Monday 19 December, which will include the first chance to glimpse the spoon-billed sandpipers in the UK. Kate will unveil a live CCTV link up with the specially-constructed Slimbridge aviary, which is now the focus of the spoon-billed sandpiper breeding programme. … Continue reading

The birds’ daily routine

Nicky Hiscock, WWT’s conservation breeding assistant has been caring for the spoon-billed sandpipers since they arrived in the UK. We’ve posted some more footage from the CCTV cameras that monitor the birds below and you can see Nicky going in with the birds. She’s described for us the daily routine in the quarantine station. You’ll … Continue reading

They’re here!

Baz Hughes, WWT’s Head of Species Conservation writes: Wow. What a day we had on Friday! I couldn’t sleep the night before. I woke up at 5.30am thinking how would 13 tiny little Spoon-billed Sandpipers cope with being boxed up for 17 hours and flown from Moscow to Heathrow and then driven to Slimbridge. The … Continue reading

Back in Moscow to resume care of the spoon-billed sandpipers

Nigel reports: I flew to Moscow on  1 October to relieve Roland, who’s been looking after the birds pretty much on his own while they’ve been in quarantine at Moscow zoo. I arrived just before 4pm. I collected my luggage, in which were dismantled crates we’re going to use to transport the birds to the … Continue reading

Birds move to quarantine at Moscow Zoo

Nigel: A couple of weeks after leaving the spoon-billed sandpiper chicks in the capable hands of Liz and Roland and heading home, I was getting on a plane again – this time to Moscow. Before we can take the birds back to the UK they need to spend time in quarantine – 30 days in … Continue reading

We take advantage of a break in the weather – 15 August 2011

Roland writes: Finally, we had had a day when it hasn’t rained all day and we’ve been able to weigh the birds and give them a general health check Although we had originally planned to move them into two groups forty-eight hours before the move to Moscow zoo, given the state of the weather here … Continue reading