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2014: What a Welcome....

 The River Parrett at Stathe - Jan 2nd 2014

A beautiful day today tracking down the cranes for their monthly head-count.  The group was finally located down on Stanmoor, tucked in close to the railway line, in flooded pasture - feeding along the water's edge and in some slightly less-flooded fields - presumably on soil invertebrates pushed up by the rising water-tables.

53 were identified by their leg ring combos - all looking beautiful in the low sunshine.  Some bugling and calling and display - but mainly feeding and preening.  

Today was a very welcome short interlude inbetween the storms which have brought heavy rain over the last 2 weeks and widespread floods across the floodplains of the Somerset Levels and Moors.

  West Sedgemoor - Jan 2nd 2014

Unbelievable ammounts of water on Westmoor, Wetmoor, WestSedge, KingsMoor infact in most of the river catchments here - The Parrett, The Tone, The Ivel and The Yeo.

More heavy rain and gales forecast for tonight.

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Damon’s role is to act as the hub of the project - making sure everyone involved knows what is going on and that it is all running smoothly. He is also responsible for project community awareness work in Somerset, construction of the release enclosure, and running the post release monitoring work in Somerset.  Damon works alongside the RSPB reserve teams in Somerset.