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Flying by the seat of our pants!


Had a great chat with the team last night from the mill in Brandenburg although I think they had forgotten that we are an hour ahead in the UK. 

It was wonderful to hear them...its quite an odd feeling holding the fort here in the UK - and the phone reception in that part of Germany is not good!  

The team will be busy with the egg collection today and tommorrow and plan to arrive  back at WWT Slimbridge on Saturday early afternoon  - after another epic drive.  I will be going up to welcome them home and am really looking forward to seeing them, and the eggs.....all very exciting indeed. 

I have notified the authorities in the UK of this planned arrival date, and have sent the re-issued import certificates (with Folkestone now as port of entry) to the team to accompany the eggs. Also arranging the flights back out on Sunday for Roland (crane dad) and myself for the second collection period.  

Will hang onto the train tickets just for now though....there is talk of further ash clouds...!  

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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.