Grant protects endangered great bustard

Grant protects endangered great bustard

The Great Bustard Group (GBG), which has reintroduced an endangered species of bird back into the UK, has become the latest recipient of a grant from our BAP partners programme.

The programme offers funding to practical conservation and research projects which aim to conserve and enhance biodiversity across the south west.

The £4,000 grant will support the planting of an 800m long hedgerow along Salisbury plain which will shield the great bustards living there from disturbance.

Great bustards are one of the heaviest flying birds alive today and can be found across Europe, but in 1832 the rare bird became extinct in the UK due to hunting and agricultural changes. 

The GBG has successfully reintroduced the species back into the UK over many years and they now require protection from the disturbance caused by people who pass them on the track adjacent to their habitat.

Dave Jones, regulatory scientist at Wessex Water, said: "We're really pleased to be able to support the continued reintroduction of such an iconic species located in the heart of our region.

"We hope that the hedgerow planting successfully minimises disturbance to the bustards, particularly as the reintroduction site is close to one of our operational sites."

David Waters, executive officer at the GBG, added: "We are delighted to receive a grant from Wessex Water that will allow us to protect the breeding area managed for great bustards and utilised by stone curlews, which are both sensitive species of bird.

"The hedge itself will serve several conservation aims by providing food, shelter and nesting areas for many species of farmland birds."