A programme based on Salisbury Plain to reintroduce the great bustard to the UK has been awarded a £1.8million EU LIFE+ grant to fund its work over the next five years.

The Great Bustard Project, which is run in conjunction with the RSPB, the University of Bath and Natural England, said the grant will transform the Great Bustard Reintroduction Trial, which, since 2004, has released birds reared from eggs rescued in southern Russia.

Great Bustard Group director David Waters said: ?Despite our great successes over the past six years, we would sometimes struggle to find £10 or £20 to put diesel in the old Land Rover ? now we have the chance to give this project real wings.

?The funding will provide a properly resourced project, with four new posts, new monitoring equipment and even the possibility of a second release site.?

The rest of this article appears in 26th January issue of Shooting Times.

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  • Captain Alan Mackay

    Your bird is so very similar to to the Australian (ardeotis australis)From the photograph yours appears to lack a black cap on the head and a breast band(m) .
    Ours have been hunted out in Southern areas (they are excellent eating) Now protected , except from the aborigines they are commonly seen out in the plains of North Australia .