Big bird not over the hill

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HIS­TORIC ENG­LAND has an­nounced the list­ing of one of the more un­usual ex­am­ples among the Wilt­shire Downs’ strik­ing ar­ray of chalk hill fig­ures. The Bul­ford Kiwi, 420ft high, with a 150ft-long beak, lies on the es­carp­ment of Bea­con Hill above Salisbury Plain and can be seen from Stone­henge, but is lit­tle known. It was carved by New Zealand sol­diers sta­tioned nearby to­wards the end of the First World War, to com­mem­o­rate the sac­ri­fices made by their fel­low coun­try­men who per­ished at the Bat­tle of Messines in June 1917.

A sec­ond mon­u­ment, the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal re­mains of a scale model of the bat­tle­field cre­ated by the New Zealand Ri­fle Bri­gade and known as the Ter­rain Model of Messines, in Can­nock Chase, Stafford­shire, has also been sched­uled. A for­mer tourist at­trac­tion in the im­me­di­ate decades af­ter the war un­til it fell into ne­glect, it was re­cently ex­ca­vated and there are plans to in­cor­po­rate the site within a lo­cal her­itage trail. Jack Watkins

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