FEB
2015
18

Spoonies: Headstarting

Chukotka, Russia is where I’ve spent the last three Summers, coaxing spoon-billed sandpiper chicks from eggs to fully-fledged birds. The village of Meinypil’gyno – a multicoloured cluster of stilt houses with no roads in or out – is surrounded by moraine hills which are the only known breeding ground for the curious sandpipers with the spoon-shaped bill. I’m there as part of a team with a mission: to make sure as many young spoon-billed sandpipers as possible safely survive their first fragile weeks and set off to migrate along the East Asian – Australasian Flyway. The method we use is…

FEB
2015
16

David Lindo: Exploring Serbia

When I start talking to people about Serbia, the images that most people conjure up in their minds is the vision of the devastating atrocities that occurred during the Yugoslav Wars of the nineties. I, too had the same thoughts when I was originally invited to visit Serbia’s capital, Belgrade in September 2009. I was invited to launch an urban birding watchpoint atop the USCE Tower, a 25-floor skyscraper situated on the confluence of the Rivers Sava and Danube. It was a successful short weekend trip during which I met with the main woman at the Serbian Tourist Board. She summarily…