1st October 2019
Since our release date in August we have been working hard following the journeys of our young storks. Although a small proportion of them are wearing GPS tags, we are using sightings sent in from members of the public to help us map where individuals are. These sightings will help us to understand the behaviour, movement patterns and welfare of these young birds. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has sent in sightings, photos and tweets so far, like this photo from Jol Mitchell! Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled and report your sightings through the website.
24th September 2019
Yesterday was a momentous day for us here at the White Stork Project as we eagerly logged on to the GPS tracking app to see where Marge, juvenile GB2D, had got to. Where was she? IN AFRICA!! Marge has become the first British bred juvenile white stork to successfully cross the Strait of Gibraltar and migrate for the winter! Currently she is near Rabat in Morocco where she has met up with a Portuguese tagged stork from the project being run by our partners at UEA… on another rubbish tip!
Junk food “marge”
10th September 2019
As GB2D continues on her journey south she finds a rest stop just south of Madrid. This is where she has spent the last 2 weeks having arrived on 27th August. This site is a rubbish tip and recycling plant, near the town of Alcázar de San Juan, where there can be over 1000 storks at a time! Our partners at the University of East Anglia are studying how some storks are preferring to stay put and eat ‘junk food’. The use of these landfills as a predictable food source is influencing migratory behaviours in white storks and other species too. We have nicknamed her “Marge” after the Stork margarine!
away for the weekend
27th August 2019
The bank holiday weekend saw many people off down to the west coast in the good weather, and it seems as though our juvenile storks had the same idea! Our twitter feed was full of sightings of our 24 juveniles, along with some of our adults, taking to the skies and putting on a real show for the holiday makers and locals alike.
The journey south continues
19th August 2019
Having crossed the English Channel, GB2D continues on her journey south. It looked as though she was going to take the eastern migratory route, heading east which would eventually take her across the Bosphorus Strait before making her way to Eastern Africa. However, from her GPS tag we can see that she has changed direction and is now heading south west. It is very likely that she has now found a group of wild migrating white storks and is joining them on the western migratory route, which would take her down through France, Spain and across the Strait of Gibraltar into Northern Africa. But how far will she go?
First to cross the channel!
15th August 2019
Today one of our released juveniles crossed the English Channel. This young female, GB2D, is just 4 months old and spent her first days of freedom exploring the south of England before she flew from Ottershaw, over Maidstone and Canterbury to Dover where she cross the channel to Calais. This is just two days after the release and she has became our first juvenile from the project to cross the channel!
12th August 2019
We are delighted to tell you that a group of 24 juvenile white storks has been released at the Knepp. The birds were hatched and raised at Cotswold Wildlife Park earlier this summer, before being transported to Knepp. They were initially kept in captivity while they became accustomed to their new surroundings before being released earlier this week. The storks are currently settling in to their new home, but how long they will stay at the site no one knows!
1st August 2019
The team at Knepp received an exciting delivery from Cotswold Wildlife Park this morning. We are delighted to say that 24 juvenile storks are now settling in, before they are released later this month!
and they’re off!
10th July 2019
After being given health checks, the adult storks which had been kept in a specially designed closed pen at Knepp have just been released in to the larger open pen. These birds are already exploring their new surroundings and over the next few months will start dispersing further.
STORK TALK AND WALK
4th July 2019
Our Project Officer, Lucy, delivered the first in a series of awarness raising events for people local to Knepp about the project. The Stork Talk & Walk proivided them with an opportunity to find out about the species, plans for the project, and ask any questions that they have, plus gave them a chance to see the storks at Knepp.
8th July 2019
We have just raised over £6,000 for the project! A huge thank you to all those people who have donated so far! This will be used to help us monitor the storks in the wild, plus also to help us deliver a wider programme of public engagement activities, including visiting schools to talk to children about the project.
3rd June 2019
Towards the end of May, the team at Knepp were keeping a close eye on the nesting white storks due to some observed changes in their behaviour. The eggs were due to start hatching around this time and the female was seen sitting tight on the nest during a period of rainfall on Wednesday 29th May. However, she was seen leaving the nest around lunchtime the following day and although the pair visited the nest a number of times after that, there were no sightings of them sitting at all. We have therefore concluded that, sadly, they have failed to hatch or rear young.
Although this news is disappointing, it is not unexpected due to the immaturity of the pair, with this being their first breeding attempt.
nESTING 14 METRes UP
3rd May 2019
Perhaps for the first time since the civil war (1640 – 1648) we have white storks attempting to nest in southern Britain. The nest has been checked and we are pleased to report that there are currently three eggs being incubated.
Introducing our new project officer
22nd April 2019
We are delighted to introduce you to our brand new White Stork Project Officer! Lucy Groves has joined the team and she will be responsible for much of the post-release stork monitoring, as well as delivering the public engagement activities. Lucy is a conservation biologist local to Knepp and she is also a Safari guide for the estate, so she knows all about the site and the rewilding project!
over 70 eggs at Cotswold wildlife park
19th April 2019
The team at the Cotswold Wildlife Park is thrilled that the very young flock of white storks that it has at the park is producing a bumper crop of eggs this year. Some of them have hatched already!
The stork team went to investigate the successful Swedish reintroduction of white storks