Feasibility Study. Osborne and Martin, 2001. Report Commissioned by GBG. APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS FOR A LICENCE TO REINTRODUCE GREAT BUSTARDS OTIS TARDA TO BRITAIN

Osborne, 2002. Report Commissioned by GBG.

Guide lines for Reintroductions. IUCN, 1995.

Comments on the Protection of the Great Bustard population in Russia (Litzbarski

& Watzke, 2007). Bustard Studies. Volume 6, 2007.

Example of data from GPS/Satelite PPT

Breeding behaviour

The male display has been observed in the vicinity of the release site. It was first seen in 2007 and the first known nest was observed that year. The eggs were incubated for at least 17 days before the female abandoned them. A subsequent

examination showed them to be infertile (Chitty. GBCC minutes).

Displaying males have again been observed in early 2008.

The Future

At the time of writing a mid term review of the reintroduction is underway.

The general progress of the reintroduction trial is, in the opinion of the author, at least satisfactory. The obvious area for development is the number of birds released in the UK. It has been low for 2 successive years. If this point can be suitably addressed, the existing UK Great Bustard population may be quickly increased, and if the breeding activity can be repeated with birds gaining maturity successful breeding may be expected within the next one or two years.

The ability to create a new Great Bustard population, or move Great Bustards from one population to another may prove to be a useful conservation tool in what may become a rapidly changing European landscape.

Literature Cited

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