Contact us to arrange a virtual talk anytime:

Are you a primary teacher? We are no longer running in-person outreach sessions but we do have pre-recorded sessions still available. Please contact us for more information:

We are running a conference in 2023 - see below and check back here for updates!

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Wader Headstarting: Learning from Experience

Dates: 1-2 March 2023
Location: WWT London, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
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Headstarting for waders is a relatively new technique. It is showing promise for some species in some situations, but there is a lot to learn and many pitfalls to avoid. In early 2023, we will be running a conference to bring together those involved in headstarting and related methods for birds, and those interested in learning about the technique, with the aim of sharing information, improving collective understanding and helping to ensure this method is effectively developed, deployed and monitored.

More information and registration

Wild-reared godwit 'BB-OL(E)' in Tavira, the Algarve, Portugal on 24 October 2020 (Photo by Ray Tipper).
Wild-reared godwit 'BB-OL(E)' in Tavira, the Algarve, Portugal on 24 October 2020 (Photo by Ray Tipper).

Continental black-tailed godwit research advances over the last 15 years: what have we learned and what is still missing?


Dates: 24 September 2022

Scientists and conservations came together at the 2007 International Wader Study Group (IWSG) conference to discuss the situation for black-tailed godwit populations breeding in Europe – the contrasting trends, drivers of decline and knowledge gaps. 15 years later – how has the situation changed for the continental godwit (L. L. limosa)? Join us to discuss research advances over the last 15 years, identify current knowledge gaps, and discuss how to fill those gaps with maximum benefit for the conservation of the species.

Location: Szeged, Hungary
Details: IWSG Conference Website


Outreach sessions for local schools

Dates: finished

In the school years 2018/19 and 2021/22 we offered free, curriculum linked activity sessions for primary schools close to the project sites. We worked with 39 classes in 12 schools. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Location: schools within a 20 mile radius of the Ouse and Nene Washes
Cost: free

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Guided tours

Dates: finished

We provided behind-the-scenes tours during the breeding season 2017-2021. Over 60 tours took place. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Location: WWT Welney Wetland Centre
Cost: included in admission

Earith at the RSPB Pilot Project site, Ouse Washes. Taken by Jonathan Taylor.

Godwit Festival 2023 (tentative)

Dates: TBD June 2023

Find out about the endangered black-tailed godwit - the history and current conservation of their wetland homes, and how the project is aiming to secure their future.

Location: WWT Welney Wetland Centre
Cost: Included in admission, free to WWT members