Birds in the news 14

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Birds in the news 14

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Each week we will be featuring amazing news stories from all corners of the British Isles and around the world about birds in the news. To read the full news story just click on the title of that article.

June 18th        Western Morning News

Back from the brink - Booming Bittern builds a stronghold in the west

bittern2The Bittern – a type of heron wiped out in Britain at the turn of the 20th Century – is bouncing back to full recovery, the RSPB said today. (thurs)

Scientists count bitterns by listening for the male’s foghorn-like booming song. So far in 2015 over 150 males have been recorded in England and Wales, making it the best year for the bird since early in the 19th Century.

And numbers are particularly strong in Somerset where the marshy, reed-covered ground of the Levels makes an ideal environment for the bird, which feeds on aquatic life and prefers to stay hidden in sizeable tracts of reedbed. So far 40 booming males have been recorded in Somerset alone.

Martin Harper, the RSPB’s conservation director said the recovery of the bittern was proof of the value of conservation efforts targeted at habitat. The Suffolk Coast and in the Norfolk Broads as well as newly created reedbeds in the East Anglian Fens are also important bittern breeding grounds.

15th June      Daily Mail         Wild Bustards back for good

It is almost 200 years since great bustards – the world’s heaviest flying bird – were hunted to extinction in the UK.

bustardNow a programme to reintroduce them says the wild population will soon be large enough to sustain itself, with four nests spotted on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

Birdworld in Farnham, Surrey, has incubated eggs from Madrid Zoo since 2013 before releasing the birds.

Duncan Bolton, of Birdworld, said: ‘2015 promises to be even better for the UK’s wild great bustard population, with four nests discovered in Wiltshire with wild hatched chicks already seen. At least 30 more young great bustards will be released this year.

‘The UK wild population is growing steadily, and is getting closer to the point where it will be self-sustaining and can continue to grow through natural reproduction.’

'We are delighted to be a part of this historic undertaking and have just completed this year's hatching. The resulting chicks are now at a secret location on Salisbury Plain being reared for release.'

Great bustards, which resemble ostriches, were once common but became extinct in the UK nearly 200 years ago because of people hunting them for food.  The last one was killed in 1832.

Photographs: Bittern (Top) and Great Bustard (Bottom)

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