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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.