Meet the Headstarted Birds

We are using headstarting to boost the breeding population of black-tailed godwits in the Fens. The primary release site is Lady Fen at WWT Welney, a restored wetland adjacent to the Ouse Washes. And in 2018 we also trialled releasing birds at the RSPB Nene Washes.

Under license from Natural England, 26 birds were released in 2017 and 38 in 2018 - each has a remarkable story to tell. Here are profiles of the birds we've heard from most since they left our care. Help us monitor their survival and movements by reporting all your sightings here.

If you'd like to become a Godwit Guardian for any of the birds below click here.

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This icon indicates that the bird has been seen in this current
breeding season (April to July 2019).

Click the profile photos below to read more about each bird.

Anouk
Hatched: 11 May 2017
Guardian: Townley Primary and Pre-school - Emperor Class.
Photo: Otto de Vries

Benwick
Hatched: 11 May 2017
Guardian: Rackham C of E Primary School - Oak Class
Photo: Bob Ellis/WWT

 

Delph
Hatched: 11 May 2017
Photo: Louise Clewley/WWT

Denver
Hatched: 8 May 2017
Guardian: Hillcrest Primary School - Mercury Class
Photo: Bob Ellis/WWT

Earith
Hatched: 9 May 2017
Photo: Jonathan Taylor/RSPB

Glen
Hatched: 9 May 2017
Photo: Bob Ellis/WWT

Lady
Hatched: 11 May 2017
Photo: Jerry Lanfear

Lil
Hatched: 9 May 2017
Photo: Bob Ellis/WWT

Manea
Hatched: 11 May 2017
Photo: Jonathan Taylor/RSPB

Nelson
Hatched: 8 May 2017
Photo: Louise Clewley/WWT

Purl
Hatched: 11 May 2017
Guardian: Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy & Millfield Primary School Class 34B

Photo: Sallie Jackson

Ramsey
Hatched: 5 May 2017
Photo: 

Remi
Hatched: 8 May 2017
Photo: Mark Whiffin/RSPB

Birch
Hatched: 20 May 2018
Photo: WWT

Budly
Hatched: 20 May 2018
Guardian: Hillcrest Primary School - Pluto Class
Photo: WWT

Caramel
Hatched: 28 May 2018
Guardians: Owlets Class, Hilgay Riverside Academy 
Years 3 & 4, Millfield Primary School
Photo: WWT

Chalky
Hatched: 29 May 2018
Photo:

 

Chopstick
Hatched: 29 May 2018
Guardian: Rackham C of E Primary School - Cedar Class & Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy - Oak Class
Photo: Nigel Rogers

Cornelia
Hatched: 29 May 2018
Photo: WWT

Dill
Hatched: 19 May 2018
Guardian: Townley Primary and Pre-school - Hawker Class
Photo: 

Estragon
Hatched: 23 May 2018
Photo: WWT

Hurricane
Hatched: 28 May 2018
Guardian: Hillcrest Primary School - Tethys Class & Hilgay Riverside Academy - Tawny Owl Class
Photo: WWT

Jersey
Hatched: 29 May 2018
Photo:

 

Morgan
Hatched: 19 May 2018
Photo: WWT

Pickles
Hatched: 11 May 2018
Photo: Jean-Michel Pilorget

Rosti
Hatched: 22 May 2018
Guardian: St Martin at Shouldham C of E Primary Academy
Photo: WWT

Strider
Hatched: 29 May 2018
Photo:

 

Tom
Hatched: 19 May 2018
Guardian: Townley Primary & Pre-school - Emerald Class
Photo: WWT

Wedge
Hatched: 22 May 2018
Guardian: Class 2, Denver VC Primary School
Photo: WWT