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The beginning of his story...
Cuthbert was collected as an egg from the Nene Washes in April 2019.
Back to the wild...
Cuthbert was released with his three siblings - Thistle, Unity and Heather - and 17 other headstarted birds at Lady Fen, WWT Welney on 17 June 2019, the first release of that year.
And his story continues...
May 2021. Cuthbert is spotted at RSPB Lakenheath Fen in Suffolk.
How was he named?
Cuthbert was named in honour of the Scottish soldiers brought to the Fens as prisoners of war in the 17th century. These soldiers built the New Bedford River (forming the Ouse Washes) and many of the other drainage works that created the modern landscape of the Fens. Cuthbert is one of the family names of soldiers listed in the Adventurers’ Minute Books.