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2:32pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
THE September meeting of the Breakaway Group was held at All Saints’ Church.
This popular group is growing in numbers and on this occasion welcomed two new members and a visitor. The talk was on the subject of Bustards, given by Lyn Derry, a member of the group re-introducing the Great Bustard to Salisbury Plain.
With the aid of an excellent slide projection, she explained this large bird was once a native of the British Isles. It appears on the county flag, on the badge for Territorial Army battalions and was the cap badge for Brownie leaders in Wiltshire.
However, earlier generations had hunted them to the point of extinction. The aim of the group is to restore a breeding flock to Salisbury Plain, using eggs imported from Russia.
They are the heaviest flying birds, with wingspans of 6ft to 8ft.
Lyn outlined the efforts being made to support the birds and said that though they range throughout southern England now, they tend to return to the Plain to breed.
The managed site also now attracts a wide variety of other birds including skylarks, hen harriers and grey partridge.
The group then enjoyed discussions with the speaker followed by tea and, as usual, excellent cakes.
The next meeting will again be in the church, at 2pm on Wednesday, October 16, when the speaker will be Romy Wyeth on The Good Life of a PC's Wife.
New members are always welcome.
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