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."
Project Godwit is a partnership between the 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 in the UK.