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Reward increased to £2,000

A private, anonymous reward of £1,000 has been offered, ontop of the £1,000 offered by RSPB, for any information that leads to a conviction for the shooting of the crane, known as Swampy at the end of September this year.  Anybody with information should contact the Avon and Somerset Police quoting crime reference number 5216228321  

Swampy - Shot Dead

I have some very sad news to report.  The body of Swampy, a female crane, released through the Great Crane Project in 2011, was found by a local farmer in a maize field in late September.   The body was handed into the project team, and it was sent, as with any recovered dead crane, for a full post-mortem.   The post mortem found four embedded metallic objects by CT scan, one of which was located through examination and has been identified as gun-shot.  The conclusion is that the most likely cause of death was shooting.  The details hav

A great opportunity to watch a crane nest in comfort

Check out Monty and Sedge nesting at WWT Slimbridge at this link! 

They've been going since the last days of April/first days of May - so due to hatch around the end of the month....    finger's crossed!

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/

The early bird...

Autumn mornings are just the best!

Lovely set of photos here from local photographer and RSPB volunteer, John Crispin.

The cranes out on Aller Moor from the River Parrett Trail footpath

A Home Fit For A Crane!

A couple of weeks ago Damon blogged about some of the habitat creation work that we are doing at the momment and at the time it was a work in progress. The diggers have now gone and the area looks a whole lot different!

What started off as this....

became this....

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Monty & Chris' good news!

  Monty foraging with one of his chicks! 19/05/14

Over the weekend Monty & Chris, the pair of 2010 release year cranes that had been incubating on the WWT Slimbridge reserve not far from the Martin Smith Hide hatched a couple of chicks - and this is one of them  - the first photographed wild crane chick in the West Country in over 400 years! 

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