Ed Parnell's Cunning Plan

I been here and there with receding hair…

BBC Nature – Endangered spoon-billed sandpipers arrive in UK

leave a comment »

Conservationists have brought one of the world’s most threatened bird species to the UK in order to start a captive breeding programme.The 13 spoon-billed sandpipers arrived in the country on Friday, 11 November.They were taken to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust WWT reserve in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.It was the final stage of an epic 8,000km journey for the birds, which have been brought from their breeding grounds in Russia’s Far East.Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Young birds are being killed on their wintering grounds”End Quote Nigel Jarrett Wildfowl and Wetlands TrustHaving spent 60 days in quarantine at Moscow Zoo, the team say that all of the birds arrived at Heathrow Airport looking “bright-eyed, alert and active”.The WWT now hopes to start a breeding programme, which they say could save the Critically Endangered spoon-billed sandpiper from extinction.Nigel Jarrett, head of conservation breeding at the WWT, led the team that gathered the eggs from the tundra of Chukotka in north-eastern Russia.

via BBC Nature – Endangered spoon-billed sandpipers arrive in UK.


Written by edparnell

November 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

Posted in Animals

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: