Since 2011 we have used two New Holland tractors, both loaned to the project by C&O Tractors. This support is extremely valuable, as we are now responsible for the management of three sites for great bustards. This habitat management simply would not have been possible without the help of C&O Tractors and New Holland.
C&O is a full service agricultural dealership specialising in the sales, service and repairs of agricultural and professional groundcare machinery and equipment, and the supply of spare parts to those industries. C&O have the New Holland franchise for a large part of southern England, with depots in Blandford, Wilton, Midhurst and on the Isle of Wight. The website of C&O can be found at http://www.candotractors.com/ and the New Holland website is http://agriculture.newholland.com/
The project has benefited for several years from the long-term loan of a Swarovski telescope and associated equipment. We carry out daily monitoring of released great bustards, often at long range, and high quality optical equipment makes this task much easier. We are very grateful to Swarovski for their help.
Swarovski Optik is a company based in Austria producing high quality optical products. Their website is http://uk.swarovskioptik.com/nature
Tarpaflex kindly sponsored the project with five rolls of debris netting, which we will use to cover our rearing and release pens in 2014. Debris netting is the ideal material for this task, with a fine mesh size and soft texture both minimising the chance of it causing damage to bustards pre-release.
Tarpaflex is a leading name in tarpaulins and one of the UK’s largest importers, with over 110 products varying in specification, size and colour. In addition they also supply a comprehensive range of dust sheets, debris netting, scaffold sheeting and rope. Visit their website to find out more about the products offered by the company: www.tarpaflex.co.uk
David Kjaer is a professional wildlife photographer and a long-term supporter of the project. He has documented the project since its beginning and provided a wonderful range of photographs for the project to use for publicity. To see more of his images, visit http://www.davidkjaer.com/