Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011
Andrew is the second person employed by the RSPB as part of the LIFE+ project, and the final new member of the team. The focus of his new role is to improve habitat provision for great bustards in key areas. This will be achieved by working closely with Natural England to identify target areas and develop agri-environment options for bustards. He will produce a new advisory leaflet, which will be updated over time using the information provided by an expanded monitoring program. This will help promote options suitable for bustards to landowners and other farmland bird advisers. His priority will be to ensure that the agri-environment schemes can provide for the needs of bustards throughout the year, everywhere they occur. This is a vitally important part of the new LIFE project, as it will facilitate the growth of the great bustard population in the long term, ensuring the species has a sustainable future in the UK.
Andrew has worked for the RSPB for five years, three of which were with the Wessex Stone-curlew Project, helping to improve habitat provision and ensure breeding success for this enigmatic bird. The move to great bustards has been hugely exciting for him, and he is looking forward to being able to make a contribution to the project.