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The White Stork Project by Lucy Groves

Indoor Events
Date: 23 February 2022 19:30

Venue: Zoom presentation

On 23rd February 2022 at 7.30 pm via Zoom Lucy Groves, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Project Officer from the White Stork Project will be presenting THE WHITE STORK PROJECT

A group of private landowners and nature conservation organisations are working together to help the white stork return home to South East England for the first time in several hundred years. 

These large birds, symbolic of rebirth, are native to the British Isles and evidence suggests that they were once widely distributed. Whilst it is unclear why this spectacular and sociable bird failed to survive in Britain, it is likely that a combination of habitat loss, over-hunting and targeted persecution all contributed to their decline. A contributory factor may be that it was persecuted in the English Civil War for being associated with rebellion. The white stork is a migratory bird species, and there have been many sightings in the UK over recent years, but conservationists identified that the species would need a helping hand to re-establish a breeding population in Britain. 

The White Stork Project is led by a pioneering partnership of private landowners and nature conservation organisations, who are working together to restore a population of at least 50 breeding pairs in southern England by 2030 through a phased release programme over the next five years.

At least 250 storks will be released at several sites in Sussex and surrounding counties. Initial releases aimed at establishing local breeding populations, as seen for the first time at Knepp last year, have already been undertaken and will be supplemented in late summer each year by the release of captive bred juvenile storks reared at Cotswold Wildlife Park.

This presentation will be via Zoom. To be able to participate in a Zoom meeting you will need to have a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone which has audio and video capability. Most laptops, tablets and smartphones have this but not all desktops.

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All Dates

  • 23 February 2022 19:30

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