Speaker: Graham Appleton
Reporter: Sue Gale
Graham Appleton impressed us all with his comprehensive knowledge of waders, and in particular of wader migration on which this talk was focussed. It seems the UK is something of a hub for migrating waders, with birds coming from all points north and heading in many different directions after a stop in the UK. Or they may stop and over-winter in the UK, like the Sanderling, some of which stay here and some travel all the way to South Africa.
Whichever choice they make, studies show that waders do the same thing each year. This makes the first migration of young birds very important. Take the Black-tailed Godwits that come from Iceland, where they are doing very well indeed. They are successfully breeding in many more locations in Iceland, possibly due to climate change, but adult birds migrate before their offspring are ready to do the same. This means the young birds have no idea where they are going, leading to the establishment of new places to over-winter and indeed to breed.
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