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Black-tailed godwit

Storms, punctures, a broken bike – all in the name of fundraising

Conservationists and keen cyclists Jen and Mark Smart may have hung up their cycling helmets, emptied the panniers and given their leg muscles a well-deserved rest after they finished their Funds for Waders cycling fundraiser last week, but there’s still plenty to say about the Black-tailed Godwits that were behind this challenge. Readers of the...

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600 miles, 8 days, 11 nature reserves, 1 epic challenge!

Needless to say, lots of plans and dreams this year have been scuppered by the coronavirus pandemic. Conservationists and RSPB staff members Dr Jen Smart and husband Mark Smart had planned to cycle from the UK to the annual conference of the International Wader Study Group (IWSG), which was to be held in Germany this...

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A Season of Mixed Fortunes

While the black-tailed godwit breeding season has (sadly) come to an end, some birds may venture over to coastal wetlands around the UK before migrating south to wetland sites in Spain, Portugal and West Africa for the ‘non-breeding season’ in autumn and winter. The team at Project Godwit is always eager to receive sightings of...

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Waiting for Godwits

Waiting for Godwits While many of the project team are either still furloughed or working from home under house arrest, it’s been more challenging for the project this season than anyone could have predicted. As with so many of our activities which sadly either had to be postponed or cancelled altogether, monitoring of godwits had...

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What does a Godwit Scientist do in Lockdown?

What Does a Godwit Scientist do in Lockdown? Project Godwit's latest blog post is by Mo Verhoeven, RSPB Senior Research Assistant. On January 14th this year, Jelle Loonstra and I handed in our joint PhD on “The behaviour and ecology of the Black-tailed Godwit”. The next day, I was on an airplane to Chile with...

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Up Close with Godwits

Up Close with Godwits - An Interview with Amelia Bennet-Margrave In our latest blog, WWT Engagement Officer Jess Owen interviews Amelia Bennet-Margrave who joined Project Godwit’s head-starting team for the 2019 breeding season at WWT Welney as an Assistant Aviculturist. Jess asked Amelia about her experiences of working up close with the godwits. How did...

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Good Godwit News

Good Godwit News It hasn’t been easy for the team at Project Godwit to get a good handle on what the godwits have been up to so far this season, for obvious reasons. When the coronavirus crisis emerged many team members became furloughed and most of the remaining team were confined to quarters. Thankfully, however,...

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Head-starting: Hands-on Conservation

In this latest blog we learn more about head-starting and hear from Senior Conservation Breeding Officer Nicky Hiscock. Project Godwit has a whole host of fascinating people, with years of experience in the conservation field, working on it to restore the numbers of Black-Tailed Godwits breeding in the fens. Project managers who have worked on...

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Taking Project Godwit into Schools

Taking Project Godwit into Schools Jess Owen, Project Godwit Engagement Officer at WWT Welney, talks about our work to engage local communities. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is over, we look forward to continuing with our engagement work in due course when it is safe to do so, following Government advice. Class 2 at Denver...

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January update on the Black-tailed Godwit

This time of year is one of the best times for people to see Black-tailed Godwits in the UK. During the autumn and winter months our coasts and wetlands support wintering populations of around 43,000 Black-tailed Godwits. These are birds that breed up in Iceland and spend the non-breeding season with us here in the...

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