Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015
For the past few weeks, we've been running an appeal to help raise funds to track the movements of the birds in the wild. You can read more about the appeal at: http://thecrowdfundingcentre.com/?page=project&id=86FF48 and read about how the system will work.
From the CrowdFunder appeal:
Releasing the Great Bustards in the UK, seeing the population begin to grow, and then produce it's own young is incredibly rewarding. However, there are still unanswered questions about the dispersal of the released birds in their first winter - where to they go, and what happen to the birds which do not survive the first year? Without tracking devices it is extremely difficult to monitor the dispersal of the species, which can take them across the whole of southern England, and even to the Channel Islands. Manual search techniques are expensive in terms of both material costs and staff time. The successful implementation of tracking devices is important and relevant to the overall success of this project. Being able to utilise an efficient monitoring system will enable us to understand the behaviour of the young birds and ensure they have the best chances of reaching adulthood. The information the tracking devices relay will be invaluable by providing real-time analysis of the movements and locations of the released Great Bustards.