Leica focuses on helping Slimbridge's spoon-billed sandpiper
THE critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper has been given desperately needed financial help by German optics company, Leica Camera AG.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge and partners are attempting to stabilise the spoon-billed sandpiper population, which numbers fewer than 100 pairs in the wild.
But working on the birds' remote Russian breeding grounds and undertaking conservation breeding is expensive.
As well as financial help, Leica is providing optical equipment to help field workers locate the breeding birds and record their behaviour.
WWT director of conservation Dr Debbie Pain said: "WWT is delighted that Leica has chosen to support the spoon-billed sandpiper.
"We're desperately trying to secure a future for this charismatic and unique bird, and tackle the problems it faces from trapping and the loss of wetlands."
To support conservation of the spoon-billed sandpiper, visit the WWT website at www.wwt.org.uk/sbs