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Headstarted birds return to the fens!

April 14, 2019

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks on Project Godwit as we welcome the first of our headstarted birds back to the project sites. We’re using headstarting to boost the population breeding at the Ouse […]

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Godwits spotted in Portugal and Spain

March 12, 2019

Signs of spring are well underway at our project sites in the fens and it won’t be long before the first black-tailed godwits return to the Nene and Ouse Washes. It will be fascinating to […]

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Headstarted birds make their way south

October 30, 2018

Black-tailed godwit sightings are a bit like buses… It’s always exciting when we receive news of one of “our” black-tailed godwits, even more so when we receive three sightings in one week! Three of our […]

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Godwits are on the move

September 19, 2018

On this day in 2017, YO-OL(E), a breeding female black-tailed godwit from the Nene Washes, had recently arrived in West Africa, somewhere close to the Senegal and Guinea Bissau border. We know this because we […]

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Class of 2018 spread their wings

August 9, 2018

It’s now been over a month since our youngest headstarted chicks were released into the wild, and our field teams have been busy monitoring their progress. This year, we released birds at two different sites […]

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Notes from the field: Guest blog by Dr Jen Smart

May 22, 2018

The highs and lows of the Black-tailed godwit breeding season. We are almost half way through the wader breeding season and what a rollercoaster it has been. We started on some highs, with the return […]

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Welcome home! Headstarted godwits return to the fens

May 2, 2018

Headstarted black-tailed godwits return to the fens!

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Headstarted godwits found safe and sound in Portugal

February 16, 2018

Last week we received the fantastic news that two of the young godwits released at WWT Welney last year have been spotted in Portugal. This is the first non-UK sighting we’ve received since the birds […]

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Project Godwit in 2017

December 20, 2017

As the year draws to a close I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect on the last twelve months of Project Godwit, and pick out a few of my own personal highlights. As we […]

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New water pump will help us create even more habitat for godwits

October 23, 2017

Now that the Black-tailed godwits are enjoying warmer climes, our focus turns to ensuring their habitat is in tip-top condition for when they return in the spring.

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