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Bustards looking their best

Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Andrew Taylor

Several displaying male bustards are currently a daily sight at our release site. The most impressive of these is Purple 5, erectile the oldest male great bustard living in the wild in the UK. Dave Kjaer has recently taken this superb series of photographs of P5 looking his absolute best. Visits to the project through March and April […]

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Helping bustards in the snow

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Andrew Taylor

As birds which live and feed on the ground, shop deep snow can be a serious problem for great bustards. We are lucky that in southern England, cold snaps tend to be short and far apart. In countries like Germany, Hungary and Austria, bustards often make cold weather movements, escaping from particularly severe winter weather. This exposes them […]

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Bird poo study to help great bustards thrive

Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

Move over Gillan McKeith – scientists at the University of Bath are studying the droppings of great bustards to help understand their diet and nutrition with the aim of boosting their survival in a conservation project to reintroduce the birds to the UK. Great bustards, abortion the world’s largest flying bird and the county mascot […]

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Channel-hopping bustards

Posted on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

We are doing everything we can to discourage released great bustards from moving south in winter, unhealthy as they do in the Russian source population, information pills because it does not help their survival chances. They are released in areas of ideal habitat, more about with ample natural food. This year we have provided supplementary […]

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New tractor will benefit our bustards

Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

With huge thanks to C&O Tractors, the project received another new tractor this week. It came as a replacement for ‘Boomer’, the New Holland tractor we have had on loan from C&O for just over a year. As the picture shows, it’s a big upgrade! The tractor is one of the most important pieces of […]

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Release 2012 – the UK-reared birds

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

This summer, clinic we imported great bustard eggs into the UK from Russia for the first time. It was an exciting moment for the project, the first time great bustard eggs had ever been transported by air, and we were delighted when within two weeks all six of the eggs had hatched. Unfortunately one chick […]

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Release 2012 – the Russian-reared birds

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

Two weeks ago the release process began for the chicks reared in Russia this year. All were moved to our new release site, unhealthy which gave us promising first results last year. The six young birds have been encouraged to make as gradual a transition to the wild as possible. For the first few days they […]

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Bustards in mustard

Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

Appropriately, order bustards love mustard. A small plot was sown at our release site a few weeks ago, viagra and the bustards in the area have been enjoying it ever since. Click on the two links below to see videos of feeding bustards and even a male flapping his wings. Bustards in mustard 1 Bustards in […]

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Caught on camera part 2: the bustards

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

The habitat at the main bustard release site is looking better than it ever has before, clinic and the bustards are responding. There are always bustards in or around the enclosure – the biggest group we have recorded this summer included eight birds of a wide range of ages. Camera traps within the enclosure have recorded […]

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Great bustard dietary study

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2012 by Andrew Taylor

This week we are starting fieldwork as part of a new study on the diet of great bustards in the UK. This is an important topic where there are currently some substantial gaps in our knowledge. The project aims to determine the diet of great bustards in the UK and investigate changes between seasons. We will […]

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