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BBC Nature – Endangered spoon-billed sandpipers arrive in UK

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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.

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Written by edparnell

November 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

Posted in Animals

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