With less than 50 pairs breeding at a handful of sites in eastern England, we're working with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to help prevent the second extinction of black-tailed godwits as a breeding species in England.
- Increase the productivity of black-tailed godwits (subspecies limosa) at the Nene and Ouse Washes, so that the small population can begin to recover.
- Maintain and enhance black-tailed godwit wet grassland habitat at the Nene and Ouse washes, providing the right conditions for the species to thrive.
- Improve understanding of the local and migratory movements of black-tailed godwits breeding in the project area, using colour ringing and tracking.
- Supplement the Ouse Washes black-tailed godwit population through the trialling of a rear-and-release programme, helping to re-establish the birds at sites adjacent to the Ouse Washes.
- Increase support among local communities for the long-term conservation of black-tailed godwits, and raise awareness of waders among the general public and decision-makers.
- Develop a UK-wide recovery plan for black-tailed godwits, working with international flyway initiatives.
An extensive monitoring programme of black-tailed godwits at the Nene Washes.
We will be taking a range of steps at Nene Washes to reduce the impact of ground predation on black-tailed godwits, with the aim of increasing nest and chick survival.
We have begun a colour-ringing scheme of black-tailed godwits. We have already received reports of birds from non-breeding grounds in Portugal and Senegal.
We will be refurbishing the visitor centre at the Ouse Washes.
We will be supplementing the Ouse Washes black-tailed godwit population using captive-reared birds, a process known as "headstarting."