In the last few years the White Stork Project has released more than 100 captive-bred white storks at several sites in southern England, including the Knepp Estate. This is the first year where wild breeding has successfully produced a clutch of eggs; a first for Britain since Henry V was on the throne.
The resident storks at Knepp, originally brought over from Poland, were presented with purpose-built wooden structures to nest in. But they instead opted for more natural lodgings, and eggs have now been spotted in two nests atop oak trees.
The group aims to reintroduce at least 50 breeding pairs of white storks in southern England in the hope that by 2030 the population will be self-sustaining without human interference.