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Everything you ever needed to know about the Great Bustard

Great bustards became extinct in the UK in 1832 after years of hunting, persecution and habitat destruction, but now they’re on their way back.
A trial reintroduction project run by the Great Bustard Group began on Wiltshire’s Salisbury Plain in 2004, and there have so far been many encouraging signs.
In 2009 the first great bustard chicks for 177 years hatched in the UK, followed by further healthy chicks in the following years.
Great bustards depend on large areas of extensively managed, open and undisturbed farmland, avoiding hedgerows, trees, power lines, tracks and areas of frequent human activity.
They nest in grass, fallow or cereal crops – wherever they can find cover and an uninterrupted view in at least three directions.

It is the world’s heaviest flying bird
• The great bustard is a globally threatened species.
• They can weigh an incredible 20 kg.
• Fully-grown adult males have a wingspan of around 2.5 metres.
• They grow to over 1 metre tall.

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