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    Test flying an RSPB drone

    This project has trialled its fair share of hi-tech bird monitoring techniques over the years, but we experienced a new one this week when we had the opportunity to test fly an RSPB drone. The drone was fitted with a camera, GPS device and altimeter, and we tested it around our release sites. We flew […]

    Displaying season once again

    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 […]

    Tarpaflex donates debris netting

    Over the last few years we have found debris netting to be the ideal material to cover our bustard pens. It has two main advantages - its fine mesh size which removes the possibility of a bird becoming caught in the netting, and its softness compared to other netting types, reducing the chance of feather damage from contact […]

    Project Partners

    In the summer of 2009 the RSPB joined the Great Bustard Consortium (GBC), joining the GBG and the University of Bath. These three organisations are partners in the LIFE+ project, along with Natural England.

    RSPB (co-ordinating beneficiary)

    The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

    The RSPB became an official partner in the great bustard reintroduction project in August 2009.

    Visit the RSPB website »

    Great Bustard Group (associated beneficiary)

    The Great Bustard Group is a UK Registered Charity (number 1092515) that aims to establish a self-sustaining population of Great Bustards in the UK and create practical conservation measures for Great Bustards in Saratov, Russia. The group was created in 1998 to restore the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) population in the UK and to conserve existing Great Bustards throughout their range, particularly in Saratovskaya, Russia. On Salisbury Plain a small bustard population is being created by releasing a number of birds each year.

    Visit the Great Bustard Group website »

    Natural England (associated beneficiary)

    Natural England is an independent public body whose purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings. Natural England have been involved in the Great Bustard Reintroduction project since its inception, particularly the licensing aspects and the monitoring of released birds.


    Visit the Natural England website »

    University of Bath (associated beneficiary)

    The University of Bath ranks highly in the league tables of UK universities published by a number of national newspapers, including the Times, Independent and Guardian. Its research is internationally respected, and its students are in demand by employers because of the high quality of the teaching offered there. There will be two posts dedicated to the monitoring of the birds.

    Visit the University of Bath website »

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