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AuthorTopic: Mark and Jen Smart's Funds for Waders Ride - 23-28 Aug 2020
David & Pat Wileman Mark and Jen Smart's Funds for Waders Ride - 23-28 Aug 2020posted at 23/08/2020 16:03:33
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Mark and Jen Smart of the RSPB are combining their twin passions for cycling and for the conservation of wading birds, such as black-tailed godwits, redshank and lapwing. They are cycling 600-miles in 8-days, following a route that links sites visited by black-tailed godwit chicks that were raised and released as part of Project Godwit. They will start at Steart Marshes, Somerset on Sunday 23rd August and plan to finish at Nene Washes on Sunday 30th.   The map of their route is viewable by clicking the camera sign under attachments to the left.

En-route they plan to stop at Cley NWT on Saturday 29th around mid-day.where some of us will be waiting to greet them.

They will be raising money for Project Godwit and for IWSG’s fund to support wader research.
FOR UPDATE ON STOP AT CLEY scroll to bottom of this page

You can read more information in the attached document.( the right hand document under attachments to the left)

HOW TO DONATE
PROJECT GODWIT: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fundsforwaders
INTERNATIONAL WADER STUDY GROUP Small Projects Grants, please donate here: https://www.waderstudygroup.org/donate/



David & Pat Wileman Sunday 23rdposted at 24/08/2020 12:12:31

A the end of day 1 they have cycled 84 miles from Steart Marsh to Salisbury

Follow their progress on twitter by highlighting https://twitter.com/drredshank  then right clicking and choosing Go to https... etc.

and track them on
https://livetrack.garmin.com/session/65f81530-cd3d-4b42-86f1-38bd52aff490/token/D68A28DC46C6904DB85492AF1A9C674


David & Pat Wileman Tuesday 25th Progress Updateposted at 25/08/2020 07:01:46

Total mileage up to 178 at end of Monday finishing in Chichester visiting Titchfield Haven on way

Leaving at 7am today to get as many miles in before it gets really windy but it’s going to be really wet - emergency better waterproof cycling jackets purchased in S’oton

Watch progress on
"Funds for Waders ride. Link to luve trackjng https://livetrack.garmin.com/session/4df81071-6528-43b9-8cf9-3123c53c34f8/token/FF166B9D02FEBAC1A58A0E28D32D
NOTE - THIS IS FOR WEDNESDAY - LINK CHANGES EACH DAY

Please donate a few quid to links above to give them encouragement:

David & Pat Wileman Project Godwit and the connection with Cleyposted at 25/08/2020 08:56:24

In 2015 the RSPB decided to restart colour-ringing chicks and also adults as the UK population was not increasing as had been hoped for. The new scheme had four tibia rings and the lower right scheme identifier is a lime ring with a black E engraved on it.

Unfortunately, the 2015 breeding season was a poor one. Some adults were successfully ringed but only four chicks were and it is feared that none of these chicks survived.

Under license from Natural England, from 2017, birds were “headed-started” by RSPB/WWT. Eggs were taken from the nests of Black-tailed Godwits at Nene Washes (Cambs) then hatched at Welney with the resulting youngsters being released.

In 2017 a total of 26 were released at Welney, all having a dark Green ring as the upper right tibia ring. In 2018, 38 birds were released, 23 at Welney and 15 at Nene Washes, and the upper right ring was White. In 2019, 48 birds were released and the upper right ring was Black. No birds were head-started in 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown.

SIGHTINGS OF HEAD-STARTED BIRDS AT CLEY

ANOUK:  female - WL-GL(E) - Hatched: 11/5/17 at Welney released 12/6/17.
Seen at Cley 3-25/7/17 – this was the first head-started bird to be seen away from the Fens.  Seen in Holland in March 2019, she was back at Welney in April paired with another “headed-started” bird from 2017 (YW-GL(E) named Delph). Their first nest failed but their second nest hatched with one chick surviving into mid-June. 
Seen again at Cley 1/7/19-20/8/19 and then again 1/7/20-21/8/20.

BENWICK: male - RW-GL(E) - Hatched: 11/5/17 at Welney released 12/6/17.
Returned to Welney in 12/4/19 and paired with the daughter of another head-started bird. The nest was unsuccessful.
Seen at Cley 27/6/19
 
CHOPSTICK: BR-WL(E) - Hatched 22/5/18 at Welney and released 27/6/18.
Seen at Cley 28/7/18

SWAMPY: male - YY-NL(E) released at Welney 26/6/19
Seen at Cley 17/7/19-12/8/19

Graham Fellows is the only Cley birder we know of who saw all four.


PLEASE DONATE to help this work

PROJECT GODWIT: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fundsforwaders
INTERNATIONAL WADER STUDY GROUP Small Projects Grants, please donate here: https://www.waderstudygroup.org/donate/

David & Pat Wileman Wednesday 26th posted at 26/08/2020 13:35:03

13:30  They have just left Oare Marshes and now heading towards the Dartford Crossing
follow progress here: 

https://livetrack.garmin.com/session/4df81071-6528-43b9-8cf9-3123c53c34f8/token/FF166B9D02FEBAC1A58A0E28D32D

David & Pat Wileman Thursday 27th 11:30 posted at 27/08/2020 11:26:41

Having passed the halfway point yesterday they are now in Essex approaching Old Hall Marshes.
Track todays route on
https://livetrack.garmin.com/session/5c9092fc-03aa-4f89-9ec8-6849b76ae346/token/A4449BF5FED4AC8F1E57220F3C0F0E9

David & Pat Wileman Thursday 28thposted at 28/08/2020 13:46:17

Mark & Jen are now in Suffolk at Boyton Marshes then heading to Cantley.

Tracking
https://livetrack.garmin.com/session/604bfd1d-28de-4b87-b63f-dace766f8195/token/7C6EB255B71DAEC2C36EC44A5C769A91

Want to help them along then DONATE

Project Godwit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fundsforwaders

International Wader Study Group Small Projects Grants, please donate here:
https://www.waderstudygroup.org/donate/


David & Pat Wileman Saturday 29thposted at 30/08/2020 08:51:43
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Mark ang Jen arrived at Cley as planned at midday on Saturday, cold and very wet after struggling into the strong headwind and the gears on Jen's bike having broken on the way.

They were welcomed by a small group of well wishers and then we all moved into the Education Centre where Janine delivered hot drinks and then lunch including hot soup.  Some friends had brought towels and blankets for them so they managed to warm up a bit.  See attached photos.

Around 1.30pm they left again to continue on to Titchwell. 
On Sunday they will complete their 600-mile trip cycling from Tichwell to the Ouse & Nene Washes.

 
They are doing an amazing trip in these bad conditions,

PLEASE DO DONATE to make their efforts worthwhile.

Project Godwit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fundsforwaders
    or
International Wader Study Group Small Projects Grants, please donate here:
https://www.waderstudygroup.org/donate/


David & Pat Wileman Photosposted at 05/09/2020 13:48:19

Photos from Jen & Mark's trip can be seen on the following link:
https://twitter.com/i/events/1301776300726784000

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