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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Great Bustard March 2015 update

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 by David Waters


The spring is truly with us now with males displaying at two of our release sites. Last years birds are still apparently making their way back to the place of release with a new group of three being found yesterday. One group of three young males are still located on the south coast in Dorset, […]

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Great Bustard releases 2014 update

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by David Waters

Mystery bird

This years releases are looking very positive indeed. The total number of birds released was 33 birds – the highest we have ever managed. The birds are still being fed once a day – this is not really to address any nutritional need, but rather to keep them together and to try and anchor them […]

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A new phase for the Great Bustard Reintroduction

Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Suzy

Great Bustard chicks

Read our latest press release here! The Great Bustard Trial Reintroduction has entered a momentous new phase. Up until this year the project has used only birds sourced from Saratov in Russia, and the UK Government restricted this to birds hatched from eggs rescued from destroyed or abandoned nests. The difficulties in rescuing the eggs, […]

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GBG holds Summer Picnic

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Suzy

GBG’s Summer Picnic will be held this evening (18th July) at Birdworld in Farnham from 6.30pm and we have a fabulous evening lined up.There will be a reception at the Great Bustard enclosure with GBG Director David Waters at 7pm, lots going on with cuddly pets for the children to meet, keepers introducing you to […]

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