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A scheme to bring a giant bird back to Salisbury Plain is being extended. The ten-year trial to reintroduce Great Bustard chicks is now over, with 20 of them thriving. Now the team plans to increase numbers by bringing in young from Spain. The Spanish birds are more like the extinct Wiltshire variety than the Russian ones used during the trial.
Scientists at Bath University are studying the droppings of Great Bustards to help boost their survival in a conservation project.
The world's largest flying birds have been reintroduced from Russia to Salisbury Plain. Researchers are collecting droppings to monitor how diet changes during the year.
Five Great Bustard chicks have hatched in Wiltshire after their eggs were flown over from Russia.
The breed had been extinct for over 70 years before being reintroduced to Salisbury Plain in 2004.
Since then more than a hundred birds have been released in the UK by the Great Bustard Group, with another shipment planned later this year.
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The team re-introducing the Giant Bustard to Wiltshire are increasing the number of birds they rear there and bringing in eggs from Spain.