Storks have been spotted at the golf club and railway bridge across Sussex

STORKS have been spotted in Brighton as part of a project to introduce them to the south coast.

The birds were photographed at Hollingbury golf course after being released from Knepp Wildland near Horsham last week.

The Argus: The birds have been sighted all over the south coast. Image credit: Rose JonesThe birds have been sighted all over the south coast. Image credit: Rose Jones

The goal of the White Stork Project is to have 50 breeding pairs on the south coast by 2030 and 37 birds to be released into the wild.

Rose Jones, who captured stunning images of the birds on the golf course, said: “It was a really positive experience. I followed them and watched in amazement.

The Argus: The birds are part of a large reintroduction of storks to the south coast. Image credit: Rose JonesThe birds are part of a large reintroduction of storks to the south coast. Image credit: Rose Jones

“It was pretty fun watching the golfers trying to knock the balls off the storks.

“We grew up with storks – these are the stories we were given. So when we see these large numbers walking around quietly, we can only hope that when they come back, we might get some in other places.”

The stork reintroduction project on the south coast has been ongoing for some time.

The Argus: The Bird Reintroduction Project has been ongoing since 2016. Photo credit: Rose JonesThe bird reintroduction project has been ongoing since 2016. Photo credit: Rose Jones

The White Stork Project started in 2016 and tries to introduce more and more storks every year.

The birds migrate and return to Sussex. So far they have been sighted as far north as Aberdeen and as far south as Morocco.

This year some of the birds have been fitted with GPS tracking and the public is being urged to keep an eye out for them and to report where they are sighted.

The Argus: The Storks were released in Knepp Wildlands last weekThe storks were released in Knepp Wildlands last week

A spokesman for the White Stork Project said: “There has been a lot of buzz on social media.

“We think they are preparing to cross the English Channel. Hopefully as they get older they will learn to go south and then come back again.

“If people see one, let us know. We’re trying to figure out where these birds land.”

As well as being spotted on the golf course, the birds were recently spotted on a railway bridge during Thursday’s rail strikes.

The Argus: Storks were also sighted on a railway bridge at the time of the rail strikes. Image credit: Jo WhitingStorks were also sighted on a railway bridge at the time of the rail strikes. Image credit: Jo Whiting

Wild Stork Project said it was tracking two different groups of birds, one sighted heading west into Cornwall and the other in Kent.

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