Leica Camera AG and the WWT combine their efforts for the protection of the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Leica Camera AG are working together to rescue the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper from extinction. The manufacturer of cameras, lenses and sport optics from Solms and the WWT and its partners have agreed to work together to conserve the population of this charismatic and unique wading bird, whose population has shrunk to the critical number of only 100 breeding pairs around the world.

In its Asian wintering grounds, the species is primarily threatened by pollution and hunting. At the same time, the extraction of fossil fuels in north-east Siberia poses a particular threat to the sensitive breeding grounds of the spoon-billed sandpiper. For the protection and conservation of this endangered species, Leica Camera AG is sponsoring field expeditions and the breeding programme organised by the WWT. Leica is also equipping the expedition teams with first-class optical equipment in its function as exclusive optics partner of the organisation. In addition to this, Leica is also supporting the WWT in their efforts to make the local people in the wintering grounds of this bird species aware of the situation.

Stephan Albrecht, division manager of sport optics at Leica Camera AG, reports: ‘Leica creates a very special viewing experience with a unique range of binoculars and spotting scopes – the products offer fascinating insights into the world of nature without causing any disturbance. We discover time and time again and at close range just how delicate and in peril the natural environment is. This is the reason why Leica Camera AG actively engages in selected nature conservation projects. The concept developed by the WWT for the protection of the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper impressed us, in particular because its focus is not only on the protection of this fascinating wader, but also on the people who live in its wintering regions. Long-term, sustainable and mutual commitment to protecting the world of nature is particularly important to us, as this is a passion that can only be truly experienced when shared.’

Further information on the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the project to save the spoon-billed sandpiper can be found at www.wwt.org.uk/sbs and www.saving-spoon-billed-sandpiper.com.

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