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R.I.P. D2

  Green Yellow Blue in September 2012.

Some sad news I'm afraid.  One of the birds released in 2012  - a male, ringed Green Yellow Blue, was found dead out on the moors last week.  Green Yellow Blue, or D2 as he was known on account of the rearing shed number that he was in during the rearing phase, had been struggling with a leg injury for a few weeks.  It is not known whether his injury led directly to his death, but he has been exhibiting 'loner' behaviour shortly before being found dead, and this is a sign that perhaps all was not well.  However - he we was not approachable, or catchable to treat the injury.  His remains had been scavanged by (presumably) a fox or similar, and this may have been what killed him.   It is worth pointing out that survival rates in this project have been very good so far with a 89% survival rate. 18 of the original 21 released in 2010, 15 of the 17 released in 2011 and 18 of the 19 released in 2012 are alive and well.    RIP D2.

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Damon’s role is to act as the hub of the project - making sure everyone involved knows what is going on and that it is all running smoothly. He is also responsible for project community awareness work in Somerset, construction of the release enclosure, and running the post release monitoring work in Somerset.  Damon works alongside the RSPB reserve teams in Somerset.