PUBLISHED: 14:39 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:03 08 February 2018
Two black-tailed godwits from Norfolk that were among the first ever British wading birds to be released into the wild under a new conservation technique have been spotted alive and well – 1,200 miles away in Portugal.
The birds were among 26 that conservationists hatched and reared by hand before releasing under a process known as ‘headstarting’.
After release the birds joined wild flocks and this is the first time any of them have been outside the UK.
Dutch ornithologists reported seeing the birds among a flock on the Tagus Estuary near Lisbon.
The team from RSPB and WWT behind “Project Godwit” has welcomed the news that their protégés have migrated safely.