Spoon-billed sandpiper marathon report

Huge congratulations to Nigel Hewston, who ran the London Marathon in aid of the spoon-billed sandpiper. You can still support Nigel at http://www.justgiving.com/sandpiper Now that he’s caught his breath, he’s posted a report of his race. I won – hope you’ll be cheering for me at the Olympics! Not quite, but it would have been … Continue reading

New footage of the spoon-billed sandpipers

Enjoy this video of the birds enjoying a splash in the pool in their new room.

The sandpipers move to their new enclosure

Nicky writes: It has been a particularly exciting week at spoon-billed sandpiper HQ. After a couple of weeks’ preparation work, the 2nd wintering room was ready for the birds to move into. The heaters were cranked up to optimum temperature, the heat lamps hung, the pool filled with circulating, filtered water and the river sand … 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

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

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