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Serious case of butterflies


Had a call first thing to say that Nige and Roland will aim to set off Friday early morning from the Mill to make it to a late afternoon Eurotunnel train - a day earlier than expected - but back on track of the previous schedule before the flight cancellations...and St Georges day too... all very apt!  

So went off to work this morning with a spring in my step  - but also a real case of butterflies in the stomach and a sense of anticipation not unlike the days approaching the birth of my children.....   Recevied regular updates from Nigel, Roland and Richard throughout the morning - all went incredibly well with the egg  collection process - as first 16 eggs were reported, and then 18.....edging nearer to the maximum of 20 that we can carry in the incubators.    

There has been a whole number of nests visited that had suffered predation, or had been abandoned.  I just hope that all will be okay next week when we go to collect the final eggs to make up this years limit of 30 eggs - and that this collection will be just as smooth. 
Of course this time we will not have the benefit of Nigel's experience to hand as he and Amy will be fully occupied coping with 18 rapidly hatching eggs at Slimbridge.  

I heard from Nigel that the German vet came in the early afternoon and was so impressed with the incubation set-up at the mill, that they went home to fetch their camera to take some shots!   So, French and UK customs have been alerted of the consignment of eggs at Calais and Folkestone, Eurotunnel authorities have been informed,  

Veterinary certificates have been signed and emails sent to the animal health authorities in the UK, Cites certificates issued, eggs individually stamped, and import licences signed to accompany them.  All that is left now is for Nigel and Roland to set off on another epic 12 hour non stop drive to Calais.   Bon Voyage!    

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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.