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The Wanderers' Return

 What an unexpected and wonderful Christmas present!

  Chris (second from left) with others looking on!

Towards the end of December the four errant cranes (Chris, Sedge, Ruby and Monty) that had been enjoying the delights of the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve since early June 2012 headed home to Somerset.  These four birds, all released in Somerset in August 2010 re-join the group currently to be found around Stathe / StokeSt.Gregory. This makes the size of the wintering flock here an impressive 52. 

The cranes roost together at night, but are usually in separate smaller groups during the day. The older birds seem to prefer the pasture land around the receeding flood on Aller Moor with the younger birds probing for invertebrates in pasture land on Stan Moor.  This group of 2011 and 2012 release birds have most recently been feeding in fields adjacent to the main train line from Bristol to Taunton - and would definitely be viewable from the train.  

The moors are still innundated - with West Sedgemoor the deepest it has been for well over 20 years - quite a sight!         

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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.


4 January, 2013 - 13:38
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Hi Damon, good to know that things are going well in the British crane land! It was a nice X-mas present to return indeed(the four cranes which have been close to Slimbrigde over a time) And Sedge was one of them!
Here we are looking forward and are planning the egg collection sites already. I very hope for a mild winter and an early spring- we'll see!
Take our best wishes for the New Year for you, the family and the cranes!

Many greetings BB