The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a small wader which breeds in Russia’s Far East, migrates through the Yellow Sea and eastern China and winters in southern China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Myanmar. It is remarkable in its appearance, possessing a unique spoon-shaped bill but it is also very rare and in rapid decline with no more than around 200 pairs now thought to exist.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper is therefore an urgent conservation priority which is being addressed through the actions of the international Spoon-billed Sandpiper Partnership. Through a range of interventions including captive breeding, ‘headstarting’, satellite tagging, reducing hunting threats, and education and advocacy, the partners are already having a positive imapct on the fortunes of this very special species. Full details of this important work can be found at http://www.saving-spoon-billed-sandpiper.com/.
North Norfolk Birds will donate 25% of its profits to support these efforts, the only Norfolk bird tour company to support conservation in this way. This means that at least £10 for every half-day booking and at least £20 for every full day booking will go directly to Spoon-billed Sandpipers. So, as well as enjoying North Norfolk’s birds, every client will also be contributing directly to conservation.