Storks spotted across Sussex at golf club and rail bridge

The storks were spotted in Brighton as part of a project to introduce them to the south coast.

The birds were pictured at Hollingbury Golf Course after being released from Knepp Wildland, near Horsham, last week.

The birds have been spotted all over the south coast. Image credit: Rose Jones

The White Stork Project’s goal is to have 50 breeding pairs on the south coast by 2030 and 37 birds have been released.

Rose Jones, who took some great photos of the birds on the golf course, said: “It was a really positive experience. I followed them and watched in amazement.

L'Argus: The birds are part of a large reintroduction of storks to the south coast.  Image credit: Rose JonesThe birds are part of a large reintroduction of storks to the south coast. Image credit: Rose Jones

“Watching the golfers try to hit the balls away from the storks was quite funny.

“We were raised on storks – these are the stories we were told, so to see this large number roaming around quietly, we can only hope that when they return, we may have some somewhere else. ”

The stork reintroduction project on the south coast has been underway for some time.

The Argus: The bird reintroduction project has been ongoing since 2016. Image credit: Rose JonesThe bird reintroduction project has been ongoing since 2016. Image credit: Rose Jones

The White Stork Project began in 2016 and seeks to introduce more and more storks each year.

The birds migrate and return to Sussex. So far they have been spotted as far north as Aberdeen and as far south as Morocco.

This year, some of the birds have been fitted with GPS tracking, and members of the public are urged to keep an eye out for them and report where they are spotted.

The Argus: Storks were released at Knepp Wildlands last weekThe storks were released at Knepp Wildlands last week

A White Stork Project spokesperson said: “There has been quite a buzz on social media.

“What we think they are doing is they are getting ready to cross the English Channel. Hopefully as they get older they will learn to go south and then come back.

“If people see one, let us know. We are trying to find out where these birds end up.

As well as being spotted on the golf course, the birds were most recently spotted sitting on a railroad bridge during Thursday’s rail strikes.

L'Argus: Storks were also seen on a railway bridge at the time of the railway strikes.  Image credit: Jo WhitingStorks were also seen on a railway bridge at the time of the railway strikes. Image credit: Jo Whiting

Wild Stork Project said it tracked two separate groups of birds, one that headed west to Cornwall and another that was seen in Kent.

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