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Great Bustards at Birdworld

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Birds – and so much more!

Join us for a great, fun family day out! The 26 acre park is home to hundreds of unusual birds, and we also have a fabulous farm, (that is also home to a pair of reindeer!) an aquarium and the wonderful Forest Lodge Garden Centre so there really is a packed day out to be had for all ages! We have a busy schedule of daily events. Brightly coloured birds, fabulous keeper talks and feeds and two amazing daily shows, the Outdoor Flying Display and the Discovery Theatre Show.

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    Birdworld delighted to support the Great Bustard Group’s best ever year

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    Staff at Birdworld are today celebrating the Great Bustard Group’s announcement that the charity has had its best ever year. The park is delighted to support the group in its work to bring the majestic Great Bustard back to Britain and has for the second year hatched the eggs for the GBG in their specialist incubation facilities. The eggs are transported by the Great Bustard Group from Spain via Madrid Zoo to Birdworld where incubation is continued by Curator Duncan Bolton and his team. The eggs are measured and monitored, calculation data is recorded and analysed, and a record is kept for future reference. When the chicks hatch they are moved to a brooder, weighed and fitted with an ID ring, then monitored until they are transported to the Great Bustard Group’s rearing units on Salisbury Plain. Rearing is carried out by staff wearing dehumanisation suits and using feeding puppets to prevent the young chicks becoming attached to humans. 2014 saw 33 birds released and a spring census showed a survival rate of over 50% through the first winter. This percentage is significantly better than the 22% which may be expected in a natural wild population. 2015 promises to be […]

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