Great Bustards on Inside Out West

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 by David Waters

The Great Bustard Group and Birdworld were featured on Inside Out West on BBC1 last night, with David Waters giving Mike Dilger an update on the re-introduction project.

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Great Bustard Tracking Appeal

Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015 by Alex Stott


For the past few weeks, we’ve been running an appeal to help raise funds to track the movements of the birds in the wild. You can read more about the appeal at: and read about how the system will work. From the CrowdFunder appeal: Releasing the Great Bustards in the UK, seeing the population […]

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Great Bustard update August 2015

Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by Suzy

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As the harvests come in the older birds have suddenly become much more visible. Great Bustards do thrive in areas where there is little or even no grassland, however grazed grassland does provide a shorter sward than arable areas during the summer months, and this is perhaps when grassland is most likely to be used […]

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International Conservation Expert Calls In.

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 by Suzy


Last week we were delighted to receive George Archibald on what has become an annual visit to the GBG. George is the founder ¬†of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and a International Conservation hero. Rarely he is also one whose achievements are based on real conservation initiatives and achievements, not on being a broadcasting celebrity. […]

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Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 by Suzy

Although this years chicks are almost ready to go to the release sites for the next stage of their soft release into the wild, July is a hectic time for the project. One of the enjoyable tasks is getting back onto the three reserve areas ( 10 hectares each ) which the GBG leases and […]

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Young Great Bustard mother and chick doing well at release site

Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by David Waters

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The Great Bustard which nested at the first release site is doing a grand job as a first time mother. Young Great Bustards are not always considered likely to rear chicks successfully – it often takes a few years of trying to make it work. This first time breeder has endured some pretty cold and […]

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Best year yet for British bustards

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by Suzy


2015 marks the 12th year of the trial reintroduction of the Great Bustard to Britain, and the 11th annual release of birds. The project has given the Great Bustard Group a steep and steady learning curve with improvements being made each year. The biggest breakthrough came in 2013 with the first release of Great Bustards […]

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