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First wild bred chick of the season joins the Drove

Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 by David Waters

A wild bred chick has joined a drove of Great Bustards in Wiltshire. The female chick has been brought up by a Russian sourced female released in 2011. This female successfully reared a male chick last year, and this young bird is regularly seen. The GBG is hopeful that this chick will be the first of several […]

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Chicks regularly seen on visits

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 by David Waters

Visitors to the main GBG site have a good chance to see wild breeding females with chicks. The very wet and warm summer has caused the vegetation to grow much taller and more thickly than usual. This does make spotting the birds, and particularly the chicks quite a challenge. It also means identifying individual birds […]

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Great Bustard Aphrodisiac

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 by David Waters

Male Great Bustards have been found to eat the normally toxic Blister beetles. It may be that consuming this beetle increases their sexual drive, or makes them more attractive to females.   Abstract Blister Beetles (Meloidae), invertebrates that can synthesize high doses of the protein phosphatase inhibitor cantharidin, are ingested preferentially by male Great Bustards […]

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Study suggests multi-pronged plan to save Great Indian Bustard

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Alex Stott

Great Indian Bustard

Nagpur: For the first time satellite telemetry data has indicated that critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) use vast tracts of land in addition to the protected areas earmarked for them. This has underlined the importance of protecting and conserving habitats within and outside the sanctuary. A detailed report submitted by Wildlife Institute of India […]

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GBG makes the trip to Germany

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Alex Stott

  Five GBG staff members recently made a trip to the German Great Bustard Project in Brandenburg. The contact between the two projects is always very useful for both countries, and both are currently having great success with their Great Bustards. The GBG visitors saw one single Drove of 72 Great Bustards. Not long ago […]

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Males displaying at two GBG reserves

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Alex Stott

Great Bustard (Purple 5)

Males are now displaying at two of the GBG reserves. The lek is not yet in full swing, and the early displays are the males challenging each other and sorting out the hierarchy. The intensity of the displays will increase as the season develops and the females become the target of the males display. Visitors to […]

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Great Bustard genetics

Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Alex Stott

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Two interesting articles recently published on Great Bustard genetics. The first highlighting the importance of conserving all of the existing populations, however small. Genetic structure of the threatened West-Pannonian population of Great Bustard (Otis tarda) https://peerj.com/articles/1759/ Great bustard population structure in central Spain: concordant results from genetic analysis and dispersal study http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/269/1487/119

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