Although great bustards are not a nocturnal species, they are certainly at their most active at dawn and dusk. We have always been interested in their level of activity during the hours of darkness, when we are not able to see them. Over the years we have had a few clues – bustards with satellite transmitters changing location [...]
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.