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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. 

Class of 2012 take to the air

 Two of this years cohort lifting off.

"Flight of the Cranes" Exhibition

Recent photos from the pre-release pen

 Wycliffe up close (investigating the dangling lens-cap!)

 Green White Blue in the water supply ditch

18 new recruits travel to Somerset in style

Another 18 cranes were transferred to the Somerset pre-release enclosure on Wednesday this week, on what was quite possibly the wettest day of the year.  The birds were loaded up into their transportation crates at  6am on a blustery, stormy day with a beautiful rainbow spanning the sky, and the four cranes at Slimbridge carrying out a red-arrows style fly-past.   The cranes didn't mind  the weather,  but we got a little damp around the edges and had to transport the crates to the pens by tractor and trailer across the soft peat.

...and the winnner is.... Us!

Damon holding the award

Fantastic news!

We have won the Countryfile Magazine Award's "Best Conservation Project 2012".

Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us and a big thank you to Countryfile Magazine!  

We are all chuffed to bits!


Suited and Booted

 'Pancakes'  - bird 60  - Ring Combination Yellow-White-Blue.

The last few days have seen the young cranes fitted with their colour rings and some also fitted with GPS back-packs and leg-mounted Satellite tags.

They are intruiged by their new 'bling' and make a very pleasing gentle rattle as they stut around the rearing pens!