«Jenny and Ewan Weston are active ornithologists living and working in Aberdeenshire. Ewan grew up in Aberdeen and Jenny moved to the area 15 year ago to attend Aberdeen University. Jenny works for RSPB Scotland as a Conservation Officer, having carried out the highly successful red kite reintroduction from 2007-2009. Ewan works as an ecologist having completed a PhD satellite tracking golden eagles and now works for a variety of organisations, predominantly on raptors and waders. As a couple they carry out a variety of research and conservation work in Scotland and further afield in their work and spare time.
»Saving (Bulgarian) Egyptian Vultures along the Flyway" — Jenny Weston (RSPB Scotland)
Jenny will be speaking about her work with the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) on the «Return of the Neophron» EU LIFE+ project. Unlike the Egyptian vulture population in Western Europe the Eastern European population has experienced severe decline in recent years. Scientists and conservationists from the RSPB, BSPB and other conservation organisations are working together to save the species from extinction in Bulgaria and Greece. Jenny will talk about her sabbatical and voluntary work to fit satellite transmitters to breeding adults and how this information fits in to understanding their threats.
«Spoon-billed Sandpipers on the Chinese Yellow Sea coast» — Ewan Weston (RSPB volunteer)
Ewan will be speaking about his work on the critically endangered Spoon-billed sandpiper as an RSPB volunteer in China. Ewan has been part of a small team from WWT, BTO and RSPB that have been working with Nanjing Normal University on the Jiangsu coast in China to gather vital information as part of a suite of measures to save the species from extinction. The Jiangsu coast hosts the largest concentration of Spoon-billed Sandpipers, being the key moulting site for the species before migrating to their wintering locations. Ewan will talk about waders in the yellow sea, Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation and the work that the team has recently undertaken in China."
Images: Mark Sullivan, Jenny & Ewan Watson, birdlife intn'l