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Salisbury travel tips: great bustard birdwatching on the plain

Salisbury Plain is the perfect spot for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of the once extinct great bustard

Between the middle of the 19th century and the early 21st, the heaviest wild breeding bird in the UK was the mute swan at around 11kg. In 2004, a retired policeman from Wiltshire hatched a plan, and later an egg, which has raised that weight by nearly half. David Waters and his team have reintroduced the great bustard.

“It has been a long and painful route,” says David. “The basic motivation is: I thought it was a good idea and nobody else seemed prepared to undertake it. If there’s one thing I hate in life, it’s the phrase, ‘someone ought to do something’.”

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Readers’ travel photograph competition: February – animals

The standard in this month’s competition was incredibly high and there are some stunning images in the gallery. Scroll through to see the winner. All of this year’s winning images will be printed and mounted by Point101, and displayed at the finalists’ exhibition at the Guardian’s offices in January 2014. The prize for the overall winner is an Arctic summer adventure to northern Canada, including polar bear and whale tours, courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission

Find out how to enter the March competition – the theme is water
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