China UK co-operation is good for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a critically endangered bird, and has even been modelled out of lego. Photo credit – Pixabay


There’s good news for a critically endangered bird thanks to co-operation between China and the UK.


Named after its distinctive bill, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is critically endangered.

Some estimates place the number of breeding pairs in the wild as low as 200, with a global population of just 2,500 birds.

Most concerningly, their annual population is estimated by experts to fall by as much as a quarter, every year. 

It’s no coincidence that the image above is of a lego model of the bird, as they’re a truly rare sight.

However, there’s fresh hope for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, and indeed other birds, too.

A delegation from China is visiting Essex, to the East of London, where the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is building a new wetland area for the birds on Wallasea Island.

The Chinese delegation are behind a very similar project, the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan nature reserve.

During their visit, they’ll sign a Wetland Affiliation Agreement with their Essex partners, as the two parties seek to learn from one another in the development of these crucial areas to help endangered wetland birds.


Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid

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