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  Extinct bird returns to UK nests
Updated 31 May 2004, 16.23
Bustard's haven't lived in the UK since 1832
A plan to get the world's heaviest flying bird back in the skies above the UK took a big flap forward on Monday.

The Great Bustard has been extinct in the UK since 1832 but a scheme that is bringing 40 chicks from Russia to the UK hopes to change all that.

The eggs faced destruction in their native Russia but will now the birds get the chance to grow up in Wiltshire.

In the 1830s Bustards had a reputation for being very good to eat so many of them were hunted and killed.

Russia is one of the few places where they still live in the wild although the ones on their way to England wouldn't have survived there.

The Great Bustard is the world's biggest flying bird
The Great Bustard is the world's biggest flying bird
But bringing the chicks here doesn't mean they'll definitely make it to adults.

David Waters of the The Great Bustard Group said: "The adults can live for up to 20-25 years, but the survival rate for great bustard chicks in the wild is not great - 75% of them will die in the first year.

"They do have a capacity for injuring themselves and the simple fact of the great outdoors is that there are a lot of things that eat each other."

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