At the project we always look forward to the beginning of March as the start of spring for the great bustards. This is when the mature males join the younger, less impressive birds in full display. The display of the great bustard is one of the strangest and most impressive in the bird world. They start by strutting with [...]
The Great Bustard
The great bustard Otis tarda is a globally threatened species that is listed on Annex I of the EC Birds Directive and is also identified as a priority for LIFE+ funding. It was formerly widely distributed across large parts of lowland Europe, but started to decline in the 18th century and is now absent from much of its original range. It became extinct from the UK in 1832, and from numerous other European nations over the rest of the 19th and the 20th centuries. It is still declining in most of the countries where it survives.