Sex: Female

Hatch date: 29 May 2018

Release date: 27 June 2018

Release site: RSPB Nene Washes

Latest sighting: Netherlands, May 2020

Guardian: not yet, become a Guardian

Photo credit: Marianne Slot

The beginning of her story...
Maris's egg was collected from arable farmland near the RSPB Nene Washes, one of the 'muddy eggs' we feared wouldn't survive. She beat the odds and hatched on 29 May.

Back to the wild...
Maris 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, Desiree and Jersey, and 12 others.

And her story continues...
May 2019. Maris is spotted in Aldwaldmersyl, the Netherlands.                           May 2020. Maris is back in the Netherlands again! This time to Zuiderwoude. In the same month, her brother Desiree was seen in Belgium (after two years without a sighting).

How was she 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 Maris, Desiree and Jersey, and another, Chip, Rosti and Wedge.


Latest update: 3/7/21