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Still wet here in Somerset

 West Sedgemoor from the railway bridge at Oath Jan 8th 2013 

It's still very wet in Somerset, with the moors that require pumping stations to remove their innundation only now finally starting to show signs of levels falling.   The crane office is in an old farmhouse adjacent to the West Sedgemoor SSSI - which is the wetest it has been in decades.

The Wanderers' Return

 What an unexpected and wonderful Christmas present!

  Chris (second from left) with others looking on!

It's a good job they've got long legs...

  4pm - and night drawing in.

Had to pop out to the release enclosures yesterday afternoon to retrieve a ladder which we need to fill up the autofeeder - which we plan to set up tomorrow to provide a little supplementary feed over the short, cold and lean mid-winter days. 

CRANE VIEWING EVENTS - JANUARY 2013

JAN 4th Cancelled due to flooding.

JAN 18th and 19th Now Fully booked

Water water everywhere

The view from the office!  This is where the water ends up if it can't be contained in the River Parrett.  Picture taken this afternoon from Red hill behind Curry Rivel looking across West Sedgemoor to Aller Moor (beyond the brick railway bridge) and Kings Sedgemoor beyond. 

Artist required for Commission with Somerset Art Works and The Great Crane Project.

The Great Crane Art Project ‘Flying through Europe’ - Artist Commission  

Forty-eight in flight!

At last! Here we have a shot of all 48 in flight - taken by one of the RSPB monitoring volunteers - Kevin Harris at the weekend.  Thanks Kevin!

The birds are still making the most of the maize stubbles in the area around Stan Moor/ Stathe / Burrowbridge, Somerset.

Maize Stubble....breakfast cereal

The largest resident flock of cranes in the UK

Well, after a slow start it has finally happened.

 

Not quite all 48... we're working on getting a photo of the whole lot... but it keeps on raining! Photo credit: Nick Upton.

The new cranes start to find their feet

 Exploring with Crane 'Mum' - Amy King.