White stork

White stork

Date of disappearance: 1416 (last recorded breeding pair)

Reason: Hunting. Habitat loss.

Special powers: Storks’ nests, towering piles of sticks built up year after year, are so big that many other bird species will nest within them: they can make a significant difference to the availability of sites for some species. Partly because they are happy nesting on buildings, the folklore and cultural traditions surrounding storks are among the richest involving any bird species.

Suitability for reintroduction: The white stork visits the British Isles frequently but there are no breeding pairs yet. They are perfectly suited to reintroduction.

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