Supplementary feeding of Great Knot at a migration staging site.

Feeding birds is hardly a new concept.

I grew up in the UK and our gardens had bird feeders of some sort for as long as I can remember.

Millions of households across the world feed birds.

And there are some well-known ‘winter’ supplementary feeding programmes for swans, geese and cranes spread around the world.

However feeding migratory shorebirds at a  staging site during migration is, I am very sure, novel.

The attached paper is very interesting and very nicely marries straight up conservation with a scientific approach and the publication of a scientific paper to boot!

Novel indeed.

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