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Thought it timely for an update!

 

Adult crane walking back to it's nest on 5th June.  (if you look closely you can see 2 eggs!)

2018 Crane breeding season

Great excitement here in Somerset!  At last Spring has arrived and our cranes are busy finding territory and preparing to nest. A few pairs are already sitting.  The persistent winter left many possible nest sites flooded so a late start was inevitable but since Easter the birds have been making up for lost time. It should be a good year and we are keeping everything 'crossed' for them.  The photo is of one pair calling together in their territory.

2017 Annual Report now available to read

Follow the link HERE  to read the report on the 2017 year.

Huge thanks to Liz Antliff-Clark, a volunteer with the RSPB, who put so much time into compiling this for the project.

 

 

 

 

BBC Countryfile - did you miss it?

 

  Image from 'Echomaker'.  

Somerset's Cranes coming to the BBC!

The wonderful BBC Countryfile are covering the crane story on the Somerset Levels and Moors this coming Sunday - 14th JANUARY.  A few of us spent a wonderful day a week before Christmas with Matt Baker, Anita Rani and the crew tracking down the cranes and witnessing the creative processess of Sean Harris and Jim on Guitar! Intrigued ?....then tune in...   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09p1sqb

 

Happy Christmas!

..And even though I realise this wish might not be to everyone's liking - Here's to a lovely wet Spring 2018 - ensuring lots of nice safe nesting areas for the reintroduced cranes on the wetlands of the South West! 

Birds of a feather...

Flock of cranes - Somerset Sept 2017

  Flocking cranes - Somerset Autumn 2017 - John Crispin.

The autumn is producing some spectacular sights and sounds in Somerset as the cranes, much dispersed through the summer months, noisily flock together to forage across recently harvested barley and maize fields.

Scores on the Doors, Success on the Moors.

Legend, Elle and their 2017 chick in flight.

  Legend, Elle, and their chick in flight. Aug 23rd 2017.

Strutting on The Tack Piece

Monty, Sedge, Oakie, Cotton, Evie and Chip at WWT Slimbridge

The WWT Reserve at Slimbridge is currently proving a fantastic place to witness some pre-season strutting, posturing, and general crane shenanigans!