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’.”