Archive for December, 2009

Y22 on the Somerset Levels

Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Charlie Moores

A post on a local forum by Oliver Smart reported that he’d found Yellow 22 on Tadham Moor on the Somerset Levels – some 50 miles west of our re-introduction site on Salisbury Plain – at 10:35 today. He was doing a WeBS count and found our bird “feeding quite happily on short grass below […]

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Great Bustard Group Grand Auction

Posted on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 by Charlie Moores

great bustard group grand auction

  On December 17th we held our annual Grand Auction at Kensington’s splendid Royal Geographical Society (RGS). With a truly remarkable selection of lots on offer, we had our fingers crossed for a decent turn-out despite it quickly turning into a very cold night indeed. However we needn’t have been concerned: hosted by David Bond, […]

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Qinetiq Energy

Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009 by Charlie Moores

bustard release-site

Following the generous donation of a generator and a fund raising event recently, QinetiQ, an international defence technology company with several sites around Salisbury Plain, have now donated a surplus portable cabin to the Great Bustard Group (GBG). Our ‘new’ cabin was originally in place at one of QinetiQ’s testing sites in the heart of […]

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GBG hosts Bustard researchers

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009 by Charlie Moores

the bustard bothy

David Waters, Great Bustard Group Director writes: Prof Tamas Szekely, Natalie dos Remedios, Dr Zsolt Vegvari Photo by David Waters Yesterday evening (10th Dec) also saw some other visitors to the Bustard Project, and I was able to host Great Bustard Consortium partner Prof Tamas Szekely (left) who was in turn hosting Dr Zsolt Vegvari […]

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The Salisbury Journal visits GBG

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009 by Charlie Moores

David Waters, Great Bustard Group Director writes: Therasa Paul, a reporter from the Salisbury Journal, visited our Great Bustard release site yesterday. As well as getting superb views of some of this year’s releases a male from 2007 was showing very well in front of the hide, although she just missed a fly by of […]

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Fergus and the new Wiltshire flag

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 by Charlie Moores

fergus and the new wiltshire flag

Following the formal approval of the new Wiltshire Flag, BBC Radio Wiltshire morning presenter Matthew Smith (left) shows the flag to a rather excited-looking Fergus at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, where the GBG has the UK’s only Bustard aviary. GBG Director David Waters (right) wisely keeps his fingers well out of the way of Fergus’s […]

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A ‘Great’ choice

Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 by Charlie Moores

great bustard group

On December 1st the new Unitary Authority for Wiltshire – The Wiltshire Council – voted overwhelmingly to adopt what has become known as the ‘Bustard Flag’ for the county. The flag has many interesting features and points, but most prominently has a large gold Great Bustard on the front. The flag is now officially registered […]

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