Spoon-billed sandpipers under threat

Spoon -billed Sandpiper © Rob Schuckard

Following the recent report on the BBC website regarding the exceptionally rare spoon-billed sandpipers you may be interested to note that we offer a voyage in the Russian Arctic that will visit the researchers and see their important work first hand.

In a combined effort from The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, RSPB, Birds Russia, British Trust for Ornithology, BirdLife International, ArcCona, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force and Moscow Zoo are hoping to save this species from extinction. Fewer than 200 pairs of were thought to exist in 2009, and since then, the population has thought to have declined by a quarter each year.

Eggs will be collected from their breeding grounds in Russia, incubated to create a captive breeding population. The captive population of spoon-billed sandpipers will be housed in Moscow Zoo for quarantine purposes, then moved to a specially built unit at the headquarters of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, UK.

For full voyage details see our Kamchatka & the Commander Islands cruise.

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