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Great bustard spotted in Somerset

A rare great bustard has been spotted in Somerset. Credit: Ben Nicholas

If you wanted any proof that the project to reintroduce the Great Bustard to Britain is a success, this could be it. The birds became extinct in the UK due to collectors and changes in agriculture. That was until the Great Bustard Project began in 2004 to release pairs on Salisbury Plain, with the aim of increasing the population.

Ben Nicholas photographed this female great bustard in Chewton Mendip in Somerset on Friday 22 September - quite some distance from Wiltshire - which suggests the bird is making itself at home.


Anyone lost a budgie?

This is clearly something to tweet about. The Prospect on Exeter Quay have been looking after a budgie since it was rescued last night, Monday 10 July.

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Apparently a morrisman of all people came to the little bird's rescue:

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No one has come forward to claim the budgie yet:

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You can contact the pub through its Facebook page


Rare dove born at Bristol Zoo

The bleeding-heart dove chick born at Bristol Zoo is a sign of hope for the threatened species Credit: Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo has welcomed the birth of a rare chick.

The Mindanao bleeding-heart dove is native to the Philippines. It is one of many species in the area threatened by the loss of 95% of the country's forests.

Bristol Zoological Society has been working on the islands for two years to stop the decline. It aims to make local people aware of the value of conserving the species and their habitats.

Peregrine falcons nest in Church

A pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the spire of a church in the centre of Bath have produced four eggs.

The birds have been breeding at St John's Roman Catholic Church in South Parade for nine years and have become an attraction.

The eggs aren't due to hatch until May.

Peregrine falcons nest in Church Credit: Hawk and Owl Trust

You can watch their progress on a live webcam here.

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