Godwit and chick

Is this the end of the journey for black-tailed godwits?

  • Only 50

    limosa black-tailed godwit pairs breed in the UK
  • 97%

    of the Fens’ wetland habitats lost to drainage
  • 300,000

    waterbirds threatened by a new airport


£192,592 192592

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A bird brought to the brink

As a precious few black-tailed godwits return to nest, you can help to prevent their extinction as a UK breeding species.


Please support vital work to protect nests and fledglings on our reserves through Project Godwit*. We are also tracking fledglings and reviewing data to help save their stopover sites like the Tagus estuary near Lisbon, in Portugal.

By habitat loss and climate change

Loss of wetland habitats, through agricultural drainage means black-tailed godwits can only breed at a tiny number of sites. Even then, nests are at risk of flooding linked to our changing climate and high levels of predation.


The only long-term solution is to create and protect much more suitable habitat at vital reserves like RSPB Nene Washes.

This chick’s future is in your hands

Watch our film to find out why human action is pushing the black-tailed godwit ever closer to the brink.


Your gift today can make sure we start to protect their nesting habitats in the UK and help secure the future of a vital stopover point on their migration route.

Please be assured that no godwits, eggs or chicks were harmed during the production of this film. Scenes were staged using replica eggs to illustrate the threats these birds face.

a flock of migrating birds swoop through a sunset

Or only the beginning?

Give migrating birds a future

* Project Godwit is a partnership between RSPB and WWT with major funding from the EU LIFE Nature Programme, The HSBC 150th Anniversary Fund, Natural England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project aims to secure the future of black-tailed godwits ib the UK.