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Conservation groups have greeted with "euphoria" the hatching of the first Great Bustard chicks in the UK since the last hatchling was spotted in Suffolk way back in 1832. Two females among a group of Great Bustards reintroduced to Salisbury Plain were photographed over the weekend with their young - a milestone in the long- …


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  1. Coruscating Frenzy
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    Won't anyone think of ...

    ... the vultures?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    Slow News Day???

    Wheres the IT angle

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Does it...

    taste like chicken?

  4. Anonymous Coward


    Sounds like there's some good eating on one of those!

  5. Colin MacLean

    Uses of bustard in Wiltshire

    1) Some bustard has made a crop circle in my bottom field. Arrrr.

    2) etc.

  6. Dan

    Can I just say...

    that I always welcome great-busted chicks.

    Yes, the dirty mac. Cheers.

  7. Luis Ogando
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    How many..

    ...times can someone mention 'Bustard' in such a short story..?

    Anyway, that aside, can I be the first to welcome our newly introduced, slightly-naughty-sounding-named, ornithological overlords.. etc..

  8. Darkside

    Never mind the vultures!

    Lets have a British bird on the Reg!

  9. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Next thing you know...

    ...there'll be a complete pack of bustards!

    Or is that flock?

  10. peter garner
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    Can we have..

    the Dodo next?

  11. Anonymous Coward
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    Hmmmpf ?

    Have any of the green wellied bird brigade actually wondered WHY a bird that builds nests on the open ground in an otherwise emptyish plain has become rare ?

  12. BossHog

    I, for one, welcome our new feathered overlords.

    They look delicious!

  13. An ominous cow herd

    My God, they've killed Kenny


  14. Robert Grant Silver badge

    "The Great Bustard (Otis tarda) is the world's heaviest flying bird"

    That is one fat bustard.

  15. Chris Bradshaw
    Paris Hilton


    I'm a little unclear on the IT angle here - is there some link between a bustard and a freetard? Or does the term bust refer to Miss. Hilton's chest area (which anyway I assume would not be free but paid)?

  16. Cucumber C Face

    Government in waiting

    Can they run for election? They'd have to be better than the current set of b*stards in the House of Commons.

    I for one welcome (cont p94)

  17. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Slow News Day???

    In bed with your mum, AC. In bed with your mum.

  18. Dr. Mouse
    Paris Hilton

    Dry Spell

    "to see Great Bustards breeding after an absence of 177 years is brilliant"

    Wow that's a LONG dry spell!

    Is there any real need to explain the PH icon here?

  19. Cat Sitting

    So SpringWatch is now a news feed?

    It's "Gert" Bustard round here anyway.

  20. John Knight
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    What - again?

    What happened to the last lot then? There was a re-introduction of this same species back in the 70's when I lived in Wiltshire

  21. Anonymous Coward
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    @Peter R

    "Have any of the green wellied bird brigade actually wondered WHY a bird that builds nests on the open ground in an otherwise emptyish plain has become rare ?"

    Nothing to do with their nesting habits, I suspect. There are many other birds with similar nesting habits, however they don't weigh 20Kg. Could their local extinction be something to do with them being hunted for their meat? After all a 20Kg bird is going to feed more folk than a brace of pheasant.

  22. Anonymous Coward

    A flock of bustards ?

    .... That'd be a parliament then.

    Yeah, the one with the gravy stains down the front.

  23. Anonymous Coward


    Bustard Otis From Hell? Looks like Simon has some competition......

  24. Steve


    "the project releases between six and 32 young birds reared from eggs"

    Don't you mean the project releases between six and 32 young bustards?

  25. Anonymous Coward

    Will it blend

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