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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, online 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 […]

    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, pilule 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 […]

    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 […]

    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/

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