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White storks successfully hatch in the UK after centuries

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Bird watchers and nature lovers have had a long nervous wait, but the first eggs to be laid by white stocks in the UK for centuries finally have hatched. Nesting in the grounds of Knepp Castle, the estate leading a notorious and successful rewilding programme, the baby chicks’ arrival has confirmed the initial success of the ambitious White Stork Project.

The project is hoping to restore 50 breeding pairs by 2030 to the UK. It is not clear why white storks stopped breeding in the UK, though many suggest it is primarily down to habitat loss. Until now, the birds only nested on mainland Europe with occasional visits to the UK.

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