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Storks Nest in Britain After 600-Year Absence April 25, 2014
Storks nesting in England.
Pair of wild storks nesting during mid-April atop a wildlife garden building in eastern England.
Wild storks observed nesting in eastern England could be the first pair to breed in Britain for nearly 600 years.

The BBC reports the birds are nesting on a chimney at Norfolk’s Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth, and are engaging in mating rituals.

The last stork to be documented breeding in Britain was at St. Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, back in 1416.

Conservation efforts elsewhere in Northern Europe have resulted in a modest return of the birds, which now appear to have ventured across the North Sea to raise a proper English brood.

“We gave the storks a helping hand by building a structure for their nest on the hall’s front chimney,” said Ken Sims, director of the wildlife gardens. ”But they turned their back on our handiwork and have built their own nest on one of the rear stacks.”

Sims said the gardens had been trying to get storks to nest there for many years.

The storks nest in North Africa, across Europe and into Asia. They are known throughout the world as a symbol of fertility.

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