GREAT BUS­TARD

Bird Watching (UK) - - 30 Years Of Birdwatching -

The last ‘nat­u­ral’ Great Bus­tard in the UK was shot in 1932. Thirty years ago, it was still just an in­cred­i­bly rare vis­i­tor to the UK, with a de­clin­ing world pop­u­la­tion. In 2004, a 10-year rein­tro­duc­tion scheme be­gan, with birds re­leased on Sal­is­bury Plain. The first fledged chick oc­curred five years later, but the chick did not sur­vive the win­ter. The re­leases have con­tin­ued, with mod­i­fi­ca­tions of the source bus­tards and tech­niques and a vast in­crease in knowl­edge for fu­ture projects.

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