Bringing Back the Great Bustard to Cranborne Chase

30th November 2023

See how the DEFRA funded Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme in Cranborne Chase National Landscape has supported the Great Bustard Group in its mission to reintroduce this vulnerable bird to the wild.

The purchase of a thermal imaging drone, supported by FiPL, has enabled the group to detect nesting Bustards, protecting them from silage cutting and helping to restore viable populations in Wiltshire. To date, the FiPL programme in Cranborne Chase has awarded a total of £1.1 million to local farmers and land managers across the National Landscape.

More funding is still available from our (FiPL) programme…

If you are planning a project which meets the FiPL criteria, will be delivered by the end of March 2025 and will benefit Cranborne Chase National Landscape, get in touch with our FiPL Officer, Helena Darragh at or call 01725 517417 to find out more.