Archive for October, 2011

Moths at the bustard release site

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 by Andrew Taylor

This summer we have occasionally run a moth trap at the release site, medical looking especially for scarcer species associated with chalk grassland. In eight attempts between May and September, 144 species were recorded. The most interesting of these included Scarce Forester, which has its main UK population on Salisbury Plain, and Ethmia dodecea, a micro-moth […]

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Bustard Watch 10/10/2011

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2011 by David Waters

It has been great watching the young Bustards flying around in the strong wind on Salisbury Plain today. Foxes have been making their presence felt with the birds at the original release site, stuff with the young males suffering more than the females. Post mortem’s on the remains show the birds were healthy and had […]

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Visits volunteer required

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Lynne Derry

The GBG currently requires a new volunteer to to help with visits. Full details are in the PDF below. Contact details can be found in the PDF. GBG Visits volunteer info

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Bustard Watch 15/10/2011

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by David Waters

A rather delayed update. I have been in Saratov in southern Russia for the annual autumn census. This was a very successful trip for several reasons: the new Director of the Sevetsov Institute has invested considerable time in training the staff to census to a higher and more consistent standard, the good weather made it […]

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Great Bustard Group tractor presentation

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Alex Stott

Allan Goddard of the GBG is presented with the brand new New Holland boomer by Paul Shutler, approved Agricultural Sales Manager, stuff C&O Tractors Wilton. The Great Bustard Group would like to offer sincere thanks to local company C&O Tractors and New Holland Agriculture for their generous donation of a sparkling new tractor.The man behind […]

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Post-release monitoring begins

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 by Andrew Taylor

This year’s chicks arrived from Russia at the beginning of August, then underwent a compulsory 30-day quarantine period, before being transferred into two sets of soft release pens. This is the first year that birds have been released at two sites; with half being released at the long-term release site and the other half at […]

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