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Damon arrives in Germany

Arrived at the mill finally after an 18 hour journey by taxi, train, tube, plane, subway, highspeed train, slow train, and a lift in the crane truck courtesy of richard. All pretty smooth...especially the high speed train - known as the ice train. ( intercontinental express ). Loved Berlin station a real shrine to minimalism and industrial architecture. Also loved the doubledecker slow train...what a great way to pack in more passengers whilst giving them fantastic views!

So glad to arrive finally at the mill... was greeted by an incredible chorus of tree frogs. They are only 5cm long, but boy they make a wonderfully soothing and hypnotic sound not unlike a distant mellow car alarm or cicadas on steroids. The mill was just as i remembered it from a brief visit last year. A friendly and welcoming building miles away from anywhere, nestled within an amazingly biodiverse landscape of mixed beech forest, open meadowland and swamp overlooking a mill pond. Woke up to the sound of cranes....their calls echoing, disembodied, prehistoric even.

A lovely walk before breakfast provided some great views of hawfinches displaying, a female black woodpecker hammering away on a huge dead alder in a swamp, signs of wild boar having spent the night, and a pair of cranes slinking silently away into the woods when they saw me emerge from the forest edge. met up later with Beate, Eberhard,and Lutz. It was, lovely to see them again. They are such inspirational and warm hearted people. A plan is now in place for the collection of the second batch of eggs. More soon....but for now off to bed with the tree frogs!

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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.