Project Godwit is a partnership between RSPB and WWT with major funding from the EU LIFE Nature Programme, The HSBC 150th Anniversary Fund, Natural England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project aims to secure the future of black-tailed godwits in the UK.

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Headstarted birds make their way south

October 30, 2018

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Creating the perfect habitat

Project Godwit focuses on two wetland sites in the east of England – the Ouse Washes and Nene Washes. Here conservationists are aiming to grow the black-tailed godwit population by enhancing godwit habitat and trialling methods to increase productivity.

Our objectives

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) mother with chicks at nest, Waterland, Netherlands

To increase the productivity of black-tailed godwits at the Nene and Ouse Washes so that the population can begin to recover.


To maintain and enhance black-tailed godwit wet grassland habitat at the Nene and Ouse washes, providing the right conditions for the species to thrive.

Colour rings Andy Hay

To improve our understanding of the local and migratory movements of black-tailed godwits breeding in the project area, using colour ringing and tracking.

Black Tailed Godwit Lancashire-© Eric Woods rspb

To supplement the Ouse Washes black-tailed godwit population through the trialling of a rear-and-release programme,  helping to re-establish the birds at sites adjacent to the Ouse Washes.


To increase support among local communities for the long-term conservation of black-tailed godwits.


To develop a UK-wide recovery plan for black-tailed godwits, working with international flyway initiatives.