Black-tailed godwits and their young in England


This 1 July 2020 video from England says about itself:

How do godwits rear their chicks? Godwit-cam highlights | WWT

Black-tailed godwits are beautiful wading birds. but they are now Red Listed in the UK (BoCC4), which is why they’re one of the wetland species we’re helping in the wild. We also have a small population in captivity and, in spring 2020, we placed a nest cam near two of our breeding birds to capture all the action as they hatched and reared their chicks. Senior Conservation Breeding Officer, Tanya Grigg, explains what happens at each stage of the parent and chick journey.

Managing these birds in captivity helps us develop some of the techniques we use to boost productivity (breeding success) in the wild. As part of Project Godwit, we are using a range of methods to help black-tailed godwits that breed at the Nene and Ouse Washes in East Anglia, including headstarting. Headstarting involves protecting chicks until they are capable of flight and are much less vulnerable to predators and flooding. We released 112 fledglings at the Nene and Ouse Washes from 2017-2019 and the wild breeding population has grown in size. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our plans for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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