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01/04/2008 14:13:35

There are a few projects, happenings and bits of research that, for no other reason than they interest me, we will keep you updated regularly on.

Wild boar and young in Sussex. © Martin Goulding.

Wild boar in Britain.
Wild boar are now believed to be roaming free in England, in Kent, Sussex, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Dorset, with occasional sightings from other counties. The Kent and Sussex populations are believed to have bred from boars that escaped from two farms in 1987 during the 'great storm'. Over 100 boar were released by animal rights protesters from a farm in Devon in 2005 and less than half of these were recaptured. More.

Great Bustard over Salisbury Plain. © Great Bustard Group.

Great Bustards in Britain
Bustards became extinct in the UK in the first half of the 19th Century. In February 2004 the Russian authorities granted a licence to collect Bustard eggs, and subsequently in September twenty four Great Bustard chicks were released into a large holding pen on the Salisbury plain. In 2005 a further 35 Bustards were brought to the Salisbury plain. See the full story and the latest news.

Ospreys in England and Wales
In 1996 after years of planning and hard work, Ospreys were re-introduced to England on Rutland water by relocating some Juvenile birds from Scotland.

There must have been a small, ironic smile that appeared on 1-2 faces when Ospreys bred recently in the Lake District and in Wales without any human help at all. However it is thought that 1-2 of the birds involved originated from Rutland. Several Ospreys have returned to Rutland this year and the breeding couple have bred again. The Ospreys in Wales and the Lake district have also laid eggs again this year.

Ospreys in Wales

The ospreys in Wales hatched three chicks in May, their best brood yet. Sadly one of the chicks died unexpectedly at the end of June, probably of natural causes. These ospreys can been seen at Glaslyn.

11 July. First Osprey chick fledges at Glaslyn.

Ospreys in England

There are two known osprey nests in England, at Rutland Water and in the Lake District at Bassenthwaite. The Bassenthwaite ospreys laid three eggs, thought to be a female and two males. As of beginning of July the chicks were growing well.

29 May. The Rutland ospreys, as suspected, hatched three eggs this year, a male and two females. The chicks were ringed towards the end of June and all three appear to be growing very well.

18 July. The Bassenthwaite Ospreys have been ringed and are preparing to leave the nest.

Ospreys in Scotland

The Loch Garten ospreys have hatched three chicks in 2006, though due to some 'nest hopping' it is possible that they may have more than one father. All three chicks were ringed at the beginning of July, it is thought that all three are females.

The chicks fledged succesfully in mid July.

The Aberfoyle Ospreys hatched 3 chicks, and they fledged in Mid July. However one chick disappeared after fledging, very unusual as they normally return to the nest, and has not been seen since.

The Loch of the Lowes ospreys hatched three eggs, but unfortunately only one chick survived to fledge towards the end of July.

Golden Eagles in Ireland
The Golden Eagle became extinct in Ireland in the early 20th Century. From 2001-5 42 Golden Eagle chicks were relocated to Donegal in an attempt to re-establish the Golden Eagle in North West Ireland. At least half of these birds are still alive, and in 2005 the first egg was laid, though it failed to hatch.

Read the comments about this article and leave your own comment

After an absence of 400 years, wild boar are again roaming freely in UK.

Posted by: Mike | 05 Nov 2015 23:28:45

I attempt to work

I attempt to work nearby, to the extent that I need to move the compost bin away for the safety of the whole family.

Posted by: nancyfisher11 | 02 Sep 2015 12:24:09

tree planting

iam organising a tree planting project in fort portal western uganda basicaly working with the community through education on conservation and giving out seedling this is due to the increased degredation which has led to environmental problems and displacement of wild life by the locals. please any one to help or support your highly welcome!

Posted by: akugizibwe joel | 19 May 2015 19:00:28

tree bees

I live in Durham & have a nest in the compost bin. I am relaying a patio having dismantled the shed. These bees are chasing me away every time I attempt to work nearby, to the extent that I need to move the compost bin away for the safety of the whole family. Obviously I would like to do this humanely but without risk to anyone. Is there anyone in the area who can help please?

Posted by: stan smith | 12 May 2014 14:54:41

pat ludlam

We live in the Midlands' high up, would like to say we have sighted a cuckoo repeatedly shouting yesterday pm. Again this morning and circling around us, also one farther over, near to Ludlow.

Posted by: pat Ludlam. | 12 May 2013 14:55:29

boar in ireland

i wonder if they would ever release boar in Northern Ireland or even eurasian beaver

Posted by: irishturtle0124 | 13 Oct 2012 22:02:07

Golden Eagles in Ireland

What is the current status on these fabulous birds and their re-establishment in Ireland.

Posted by: Clare Hayes | 06 Apr 2012 09:34:47

i m seeking a job in wildlife

Posted by: rajesh | 14 Jul 2011 07:51:11

i m seeking a job in wildlife

Posted by: rajesh | 14 Jul 2011 07:51:11

Avian Miracles

Amongst all the dreadful environmental news one would hear by turning on the TV, it is nice to find small pockets of good news such as this. Golden Eagles in Ireland? I would have never imagined!

I'm even more excited to hear that the Great Bustard is making a return to Britain. They are fascinating birds, so social and huge! I would love to see one in it's natural habitat someday.


Posted by: Patricia | 08 Mar 2011 16:40:24

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