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Clare O'Beara | 6197 comments Mod
Let's share projects and, we hope, success stories about reintroducing animals and birds.

White storks were found in UK but have been extinct, and have been reintroduced from the Continent.
This year the first chick appears to have hatched.

Here's how it was done:
"The young storks in our oak tree are part of a project, inspired by successful reintroductions elsewhere in Europe, and involving two other sites in East Sussex and Surrey, to return this species to Britain. Imported from Warsaw Zoo in Poland in 2016, they have spent the best part of three years in a six-acre pen with a cohort of juveniles and several injured, non-flying Polish adults."

That's from a fascinating Guardian article which explains the background and the struggle against bureaucracy. Basically, no funding was forthcoming and the project was undertaken by private groups and landowners.

message 2: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6197 comments Mod
Reintroducing beavers.
"The beavers build dams and make ponds that help reduce flooding, improve water quality, create habitat for other wildlife, and boost the local economy through eco-tourism, the study found.

Now conservationists want to see the Environment Department (Defra) commit to a “pragmatic and ambitious” strategy by the end of 2020 for restoring beavers in England to deliver benefits to landscapes and people."

message 3: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6197 comments Mod
Rewilding with megafauna... bison!

New calves this year in Southern Carpathians and Rhodope Mountains rewilding areas.

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Clare O'Beara | 6197 comments Mod
Large blue butterflies have a highly unusual life cycle. They're thriving after reintroduction.

"It is the first time for 150 years the large blue butterfly, largest and rarest of all nine British blue butterflies, has been recorded at Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons.

It follows work to prepare the site by partners including the National Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Limestone's Living Legacies Back from the Brink project, Natural England, Royal Entomological Society (RES) and the Minchinhampton and Rodborough Committees of Commoners.

Small temporary grazing areas were created using electric fences, to allow cows including Luing, Hereford and long-horn cattle to graze slopes to provide the right conditions for the ants, and a programme of scrub control was carried out.

David Simcox, research ecologist and co-author of the commons management plan, said: "The butterfly needs high densities of the heat-loving red ant Myrmica sabuleti, which has a crucial role to play in the lifecycle of the butterfly."

message 6: by Clare (new)

Clare O'Beara | 6197 comments Mod
Tasmanian devils once lived on the Australian continent, but went extinct there, probably due to the introduction of the dingo by the early settlers.

Now they are being reintroduced as an ark colony which bred them safe from the disease affecting the devils on Tasmania has prospered.

" About 30 devils, free of devil facial tumour disease, have been released into a 500ha, predator-free sanctuary in the Barrington Tops national park, north of Sydney.

Aussie Ark will use tracking devices and camera traps to monitor how the animals fare in their new environment and consider whether the release of devils into a wild environment could help conservation.

If the devils breed and thrive in the sanctuary, another group of animals will be released into a second predator-free area in a year’s time.
Tim Faulkner, the president of Aussie Ark, said the eventual goal is to release Tasmanian devils into the broader landscape to see whether the reintroduction of a native species that is an apex predator will help restore the ecology of forests that have been devastated by foxes, cats and other invasive predators."

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