Great Bustard Group Honoured with Royal Patronage

The Great Bustard Group has been honoured with the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. 

The Prince of Wales has been interested in the project from the very start and has followed the developments closely.

The GBG was delighted to host HRH when he visited the project base on Salisbury Plain in 2017.The Great Bustard Group has been honoured with the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. 

The organisation was founded in 1997 to supports the conservation of the Great Bustard and with the principal aim of re-establishing the Great Bustard in the UK.

The Prince of Wales has been interested in the project from the very start and has followed the developments closely. The GBG was delighted to host HRH when he visited the project base on Salisbury Plain in 2017.

David Waters (Founder and Executive Officer of the GBG): “For the Great Bustard Group to be honoured in this way is both wonderful and humbling. The success of the project has only been possible through the support of so many, including his Royal Highness”.

Great Bustard Fact File

The Great Bustard is the heaviest flying bird in the world. They can weigh up to 20kgs.

They became extinct in the UK in the 19th Century with ornithologists collecting many of the last individuals.

The last one killed on Salisbury Plain was in 1873.

The Great Bustard Group first released birds in 2004 and the population is now 100 individuals.

The UK population has reached a level of reproduction that makes it self sustaining. 

The photograph attached may be used freely in association with this press release (copyright held by GBG).Further photos may be obtained through the GBG.The photograph of HRH was taken in 2017 in the GBG viewing hide whilst observing Great Bustards with David Waters. The second photograph is of a Great Bustard in flight.

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Original Press Release – Press Release HRH Bustards

HRH in the GBG viewing hide – HRHinGreatBustardGrouphide.png

Photograph of Great Bustard in flight – Cal-7.jpg

 

The Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, today presented the Great Bustard Group with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service at Rollestone Manor, Shrewton. The Award was accepted by John Pullen on behalf of the Great Bustard Group. 

The certificate was presented to David Waters by Lord Talbot (DL). 
The Queens Award of Voluntary Service is the highest award which can be made to a voluntary organisation and is a great honour for the GBG. 
 
 
“There would be no Great Bustard Project, and no Great Bustards in Wiltshire without the wonderful support of our volunteers. For the organisation to have been given this ward is a very great honour”.   David Waters (GBG Executive Officer).
 

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