Sex: Male

Hatch date: 29 May 2018

Release date: 27 Jun 2018

Release site: Nene Washes

Latest sighting: Belgium, Jun 2021

Guardian: not yet, become a Guardian

Photo credit: Wim Debruyne

The beginning of his story...
Desiree's egg was collected from arable farmland near the RSPB Nene Washes, one of the 'muddy eggs' we feared wouldn't survive. He hatched on 29 May.

Back to the wild...
Desiree was released on 27 June at the Nene Washes - the first ever release of godwits at the Nene Washes. She was released with her two siblings, Maris and Jersey, and 12 others.

And his story continues...
May 2020. After not being seen for almost two years, Desiree is seen near IJzervallei, Woumen in Belgium. In the same month, his sister Maris was seen in the Netherlands.
May and June 2021. Desiree is spotted back at the same site near IJzervallei, Woumen in Belgium.

How was he named?
In 2018, the eggs collected from arable farmland were so muddy they resembled potatoes, and were affectionately called 'the potatoes' by our project aviculturists! In honour of this, we named one brood Desiree, Maris and Jersey, and another, ChipRosti and Wedge.

Latest update: 3/7/21