Thursday, 1 July 2010

Bedtime Reading

First up some good local news about the existence of Pine Martens in Coquetdale, you can read the full story here.  Also reading today about Spoon-billed Sandpipers, this enigmatic wader would probably feature on most birders 'most like to see list', doubly so because it's critically endangered. Add to that the latest research that found in Myanmar (Burma for the older reader) they taste good too and it's all a bit of a nightmare. If this story interest you I would recomend the full paper from Christoph Zockler and others via the Wader Study Group available here as compelling reading. One point I found very interesting was the suggestion that a captive breeding programme is being considered, I wondered whether this has been tried with a wader species before, is there a precedent?

Spoon-billed Sandpiper - image courtesy & copyright Nkenji


Bob Bushell said...

Bedtime reading is very good, Alan.

ST said...

Captive collections of waders, have been in existence for some time.
So a breeding programme, may only need fine tuning, for success (easier to say, than do).

alan tilmouth said...

Yes, I've been pointed to successful wader captive breeding projects on Black Stilt and Shore Plover in New Zealand, though both are sedentary species rather than migratory in the case of Spoon-billed Sand.