White stork Christmas card
This year, white storks have bred in the UK for the first time in around 600 years. Over the centuries, storks have continued to fly through the UK but – because they nest in colonies – when they have crossed the white cliffs of Dover to find no other members of their species, their stays have been cut short.
Following the lead of projects elsewhere in Europe, 20 young, captive-bred storks were moved to a six-acre pen on Knepp Estate along with several rescued adult birds that could no longer fly. These individuals were to mimic a colony and entice passing wild storks to breed with them. That’s exactly what happened and, in May 2020, the first chicks were born. Those chicks are expected to return to their natal UK site to breed year-on-year.
- 14.8 x 14.8cm (5.8 x 5.8in)
- Recycled card and envelope
- Biodegradable cellophane sleeve
- Blank inside for your own message