The Spoon-billed Sandpiper's flyway covers a vast area. This SOS - Save Our Species project, implemented by Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), will focus on both the wintering and breeding sites.
WWT is working with Birds Russia to build capacity in Russia in ‘head-starting’ and the establishment of a monitoring scheme to measure success of in situ conservation measures. Birds Russia is overseeing the Russian element of the project, which centres around head-starting, establishing the monitoring programme and the collection of eggs for the conservation breeding programme. Birds Russia Chief Executive, Evgeny Syroechkovsky, is also chair of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force.
National NGO At Sonadia Island in Bangladesh, the project staff will consolidate existing work with bird hunters, providing new and sustainable livelihoods. In the Chukotka region of Russia, the project will ‘head start’ birds – extracting eggs, incubating and rearing birds to fledging before releasing them back into the wild. This will massively increase the number of juveniles and allow staff to leg-flag birds for monitoring.