Headstarting

DavidMorris

We're bolstering the breeding population in the Fens and helping to re-populate the Ouse Washes by giving godwits a helping hand during the particularly vulnerable incubation and rearing phases. Breeding black-tailed godwits produce four eggs each year, but even in a good year, not all of these will survive to fledge (life isn’t easy for a young wader). Using artificial incubation and protecting the chicks during the rearing period, we can fledge three to four chicks from each nest. These birds are released onto carefully chosen sites with good breeding habitat. If all goes to plan, a proportion of these birds will return to these sites to breed, and the Ouse Washes population will begin to recover.