Archive for May, 2011

Illegal Great Bustard hunting in Syria threatens species

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 by Alex Stott

A hunter holding two dead Great Bustards

Warning: some readers may find this footage disturbing. Footage has recently come to light showing Syrian hunters displaying the carcasses of four adult Great Bustards. There are claims that one of the participants is the brother of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, cheap with many anti-establishment comments on the video, find posted on YouTube, pharm […]

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Visit to the Austrian Great Bustard LIFE+ Project

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011 by Andrew Taylor

In April five members of the Great Bustard Project team had the opportunity to visit Austria, where another Great Bustard LIFE+ Project is running simulataneously with ours. After a 20 hour drive across France, Belgium, Germany and Austria, we went straight out into the field, and spent the whole of the next three and a half days observing bustards and exploring […]

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Bustards in the news

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011 by Alex Stott

Lucky bustard: This great bustard is full of the joys of spring after the glorious weather has provided perfect conditions for the enormous birds to thrive after their re-introduction to the grasslands of Salisbury plain

The Great Bustard has featured in yesterdays Daily Mail, treat in an article reporting on the re-introduction project. (Via the Daily Mail). The Great Bustard has landed: World’s heaviest flying bird thrives once more on Britain’s shores after absence of 170 years With his chest puffed out and plumage proudly on display, cheapest this fine […]

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The LIFE+ team completed – Andrew Taylor joins the project

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011 by Andrew Taylor

Andrew is the second person employed by the RSPB as part of the LIFE+ project, store and the final new member of the team. The focus of his new role is to improve habitat provision for great bustards in key areas. This will be achieved by working closely with Natural England to identify target areas and […]

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Footage from our Release Site Camera on Salisbury Plain

Posted on Sunday, May 1st, 2011 by Alex Stott

We’re very happy to have wonderful new footage of the Great Bustards at our Salisbury Plain project site. The below video has highlights including, information pills displaying males as well as the birds interacting with each other and the decoys. httpv://

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