Archive for September, 2011

Help the Great Bustard Group win essential new funding

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 by Alex Stott

The Great Bustard Group has joined the NatWest Community Force funding initiative. Charities across the UK have joined and funding grants will be allocated based on the number of votes received from the general public. The Great Bustard Group has applied for funding to encourage environmental and cultural awareness and to further create a sense […]

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David Waters visits Russia to conduct Autumn census

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011 by David Waters

I am now at the Diakovka field station working on the autumn census with colleagues from the A N Severtsov Institute. The fields are starting to dry after a few days rain, more about and there are plenty of Bustards about. Early indications are that there is a good ratio of females to young, symptoms […]

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Bustard watch 19/09/2011

Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 by David Waters

Early days so far! The birds have been out and about for less than a week, discount but so far it is all as good as it could be. Two older males who had been hanging around the original release site have stuck around and are mixing in with the youngsters. The release of the […]

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Bustard Watch 13/09/2011

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 by David Waters

The new birds are now in the soft release pens. These are small mesh sided and roofed pens placed out in the actual areas of release. The idea is that the birds become used to the food they will find once released (mostly rape) and can see the landscape and views of the site. In […]

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Bustard Watch 05/09/2011

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011 by David Waters

Quarantine and pre-release The 30 days of quarantine was completed on Saturday 3rd September. The birds have had their final official health inspection, dosage and the testing for the relevant diseases such as Avian Influenza has all been negative. We are not able to apply for the permission to release them on day 30 as […]

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