By Western Daily Press | Posted: April 14, 2014
By Janet Hughes
It may be too late to save the dodo, but daring West Country ornithologists are on the verge of finding out if they have persuaded one of the most endangered species in the world to fall in love and mate.
The tiny spoon-billed sandpiper is hurtling towards extinction and has just been named at number 11 in the top 100 critically endangered species in the world.
But experts at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire are tricking a clutch of hand-reared birds into believing they are on the edge of the Yellow Sea in China so they start eyeing each other up before eventually pairing up and breeding in a fake Russia.