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Cohorts of Cranes

a picture of cranes feeding togetherHere are a couple of photos of the older birds at crane school taken on Tuesday this week.    These are all around five and a half weeks old and already nearly three feet tall, with wings growing rapidly. Ten of these older birds have now formed a fairly stable cohort, having established their natural pecking order and their levels of aggression towards each other are starting to wane.  Once all the birds are happy to exist side by side with each other, their hand-rearing becomes a little easier, as rather than individual one-on-one excercies and training, they can be excercised en-masse.   This also means that each bird can spend much longer periods out in the paddock area, foraging for themselves and learning all the social skills that will help to ensure that the flock has a successful future on the Levels and Moors.


Crane number 12 (double red) - hatched on 29/04

This crane is number 2  - one of the oldest - having hatched on April 24th a day after arriving in the UK.


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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.