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Black-tailed godwit

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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Update from the Black-tailed Godwits

Well, the Black-tailed Godwits have made their way back to the fens for another breeding season and the fens are once again alive with the sound of Lapwings, Redshank and Snipe. But, unfortunately, over at the Nene Washes it has been a challenging start to the season for the UK’s most important breeding population of...

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Introducing Black-tailed Godwits

Black-tailed Godwits are beautiful, large, wading birds. In the summer, they have bright orange-brown chests and bellies, but in winter they’re more grey-brown. Their most distinctive features are their long beaks and legs, and the black and white stripes on their wings.

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