Wader Headstarting: Learning from Experience

1-2 March 2022, Online

In a world where waders are facing increasing pressures and many populations have declined or are declining, there is a growing interest in headstarting as a conservation tool.

Headstarting is a relatively new technique for waders. It is showing promise for some species in some situations, but there is a lot to learn and many pitfalls to avoid.

We are 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.

Black-tailed godwit chicks. Photo by Bob Ellis/WWT.
Black-tailed godwit chicks. Photo by Bob Ellis/WWT.

The plan for the conference is currently being formed but here's what we anticipate so far:

Duration: 2 days

Dates: 1-2 March 2022

Location: online (probably via Zoom, to be confirmed)

Registration: September to December 2021

Please help us make this conference as useful as possible by:

Information will be added to this web page as plans are confirmed.