Wednesday, 13 June 2012

UK Great bustard population to be boosted with egg imports

New batch of Great bustards to be transported to UK as eggs for the first time  
Written by David Waters, Great Bustard Group founder - Courtesy of , Great Bustard Group

June 2012. 2012 will be the first time the GBG, or anyone else for that matter, will transport eggs into the UK from Russia. The eggs will come from the destroyed or abandoned nests that provide the birds we rear in Russia with the Severtsov Institute.
The eggs will be part way through incubation at the time of transport which brings its own set of problems. The correct incubation temperature and humidity must be maintained throughout the two day journey, but if anything hatches the paperwork will say ‘eggs', and if I have a chick the export could be blocked. It will be a case of everything being very carefully planned and then keeping our fingers firmly crossed!
The long term aim of the GBG to establish a truly productive captive breeding programme for the Great Bustard is moving forward. A great trip to a private collection in Spain showed that it is possible to breed this species in captivity and provided a wonderful foundation on which to develop even more productive techniques.
I will now get myself over to Russia to facilitate bringing the eggs back and justifying the efforts of all those who have worked so hard on our behalf.

More about the Great Bustard Group


The site visits are deservedly popular at the moment. Displaying males and curious females are showing well on almost all the trips. Our usual Stone-curlews are also showing well and make a great addition to any visit.
How to visit the Great bustards

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