Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Eleven Pipers Piping

We had up to 27 Lords a leaping yesterday and I'm going to allow a bit more leniency with the numbers today as there are 13 not 11 pipers piping.

Back in November I briefly talked about the 13 spoon-billed sandpipers which have been flown over to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Slimbridge. There are thought to be less than 100 pairs left in the wild so these new captive birds may be the start of a vital new breeding programme which, one day, may lead to an improvement in wild numbers of these beautiful birds.

The birds will be settled in well now and are on view to visitors of the reserve via a CCTV link with a daily live feed which can be viewed in the cinema at the reserve with commentary.

To hear what the pipers sound like (not much like pipes really!), and to find out more about the project to save these wonderful birds please take a look at the videos below, both found on Youtube :

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