Preparing the release site for the new birds

Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2011

Allan ploughing at the release site

Lots of work is going on at the release site at the moment to make sure we provide ideal habitat for the birds currently in quarantine. As the site is surrounded by predator-proof fencing, it is in the interests of the birds that they spend as much of their first few months there as possible. The biggest attractions we can provide are brassicas, like rape or kale, and lucerne. The former have been sown in several blocks, and there should be lots available by September. Lucerne was sown several years ago and is growing vigorously in a number of areas – all we need to do here is cut it, to encourage new growth of a height the bustards are able to walk through.

Hopefully the birds will appreciate our efforts and find enough to sustain them through the autumn!

Categories: LIFE +

Andrew Taylor

Posted by Andrew Taylor

Andrew has worked for the RSPB in Wiltshire for three years, mainly as part of the Wessex Stone-curlew Project. In March 2011,he joined the LIFE+ team.

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