New royal patron for Wiltshire's Great Bustard Group

New royal patron for Wiltshire's Great Bustard Group

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:33pm 12th August 2019.

Just weeks after being honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the conservation charity's got some extra royal support.

The Prince of Wales has been named as the Royal Parton for the Great Bustard Group and they've said it's 'wonderful' news.

Prince Charles has been a supporter of the charity's work for many years.

He even visited of their Salisbury Plain nesting sites in 2017 to find out more about their work.

Great Bustard Group Prince Charles Visit 1 (GBG)
HRH with the Group's David Waters at their site a couple of years ago

David Waters, Founder and Executive Officer of the Great Bustard Group, said: 

"For the Great Bustard Group to be honoured in this way is both wonderful and humbling. The success of the project has only been possible through the support of so many, including his Royal Highness".

Last month, the charity was also officially handed their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the equivalent of an MBE for a group. 

Great Bustard Group Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Presentation July 2019
Wiltshire's Lord Lieutenant, Sarah Troughton, hands over the award to GBG members

WHAT IS THE GREAT BUSTARD GROUP?

They were formed back in 1997, with one simple aim - reintroducing Wiltshire's county bird to the area.

Chicks from Russia and Spain have brought to secret nesting sites on Salisbury Plain, in the hope the population will become sustainable once again.

Great Bustard Flying
The Great Bustard is world's heaviest flying bird, growing to a weight of up to 20 kgs

There are now around 100 birds living here and natural breeding has been happening for the last few years.

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