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Winter Wildlife Tours at the heart of Somerset's Crane Country.

 Cranes over Burrow Mump, near Stathe, Somerset.

If you fancy a short-winter break in Somerset, experiencing all the wonderful wildlife that Somerset has to offer over the Winter Months - Walkers Farm Cottages are offering some top-class, cosy accommdation, plus a local wildlife guide and arranged access to nearby RSPB reserves.  All with views like this from just outside the door too!   

The early bird...

...gets the worm!   

Amazing footage of three of the Great Crane Project's cranes from one of the hides at WWT Slimbridge captured early morning....

http://youtu.be/pooUxUEXYHI

 

Photo of the Week !

Just found out a photo of Chris and Monty, taken at WWT Slimbridge, has made Bird Guides - Photo of the Week... See link  http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictures.asp?mode=potw&menu=menu_media

Cracking photo!  

Autumn comes to the moors

Autumns rusty pallet tints the trees, as the cranes cruise around looking for maize stubble.

In the stubble... searching for maize kernels and worms

Snap the crane

  White Blue Yellow - Snap

Special preparations are being made for one of this year's cohort - White Blue Yellow - nicknamed 'Snap'.

Wild Naked Legs and wandering cranes

 60 cranes in flight over Somerset - October 2013

Duck Decoy becomes Crane Breeding Zone

The Great Crane Project has been working with a farming family near Cossington, on Somerset Levels and Moors to convert an 18th century duck decoy and Scheduled Ancient Monument, into a potential crane breeding zone.  

   Starting to fill up through the sluice.

Through the doorway to eternity

 Yellow Red Yellow enjoying its first taste of freedom.

In the week that saw the Voyager spacecraft leave the Solar system and become the first ever man-made object to enter inter-stellar space  -  a similar epic moment has occured here on the Levels and Moors.

Creating New Wetlands

 Mr Mitchell with work just starting on the new wetland zone.

Work has started this week on the creation of a brandnew 12.5ha block of wetland on private land at the heart of the Levels and Moors.

All settled in...

 Blue Red Yellow "VIRIDOR" checking out her new surroundings.