PUBLISHED: 07:15 17 February 2018 John Grant A one-day-old black-tailed godwit chick – it is hoped the species’ UK breeding population will will increase in the East Anglian Fens. Picture: WILL MEINDERTS Will Meinderts Hand-reared black-tailed godwits fly from East Anglia to Portugal An adult black-tailed godwit. Picture: DAVID MORRIS / RSPB Conservationists trying to strengthen the precarious UK population of a majestic wading bird for which the East Anglian Fens is a vital breeding area have been heartened by news of the migratory journeys of two hand-reared individuals of the species. Black-tailed godwit is one of the UK’s rarest breeding birds with a tiny population centred on flatlands of the Fens – the species having returned to breed in England in the 1930s after an absence of more than a century. With a vulnerable population, the imposing long-legged and long-billed birds are red-listed in the UK and are classed as “Near Threatened” globally – status that means they are likely to be threatened with extinction in the near future. A major five-year conservation project involving hand-rearing black-tailed godwits is under way to increase the UK breeding population and now two of the project’s birds have been discovered about 1,200… Read full this story
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