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Birds of a feather...

Flock of cranes - Somerset Sept 2017

  Flocking cranes - Somerset Autumn 2017 - John Crispin.

The autumn is producing some spectacular sights and sounds in Somerset as the cranes, much dispersed through the summer months, noisily flock together to forage across recently harvested barley and maize fields.

Strutting on The Tack Piece

Monty, Sedge, Oakie, Cotton, Evie and Chip at WWT Slimbridge

The WWT Reserve at Slimbridge is currently proving a fantastic place to witness some pre-season strutting, posturing, and general crane shenanigans!

Update video The Great Crane Project January 2017

Damon gives an update on where we are at with The Great Crane Project in a short 1 minute video, please click the link below to open a new window to view

The Great Crane Project -  January 2017

Update video The Great Crane Project January 2017

Damon gives an update on where we are at with The Great Crane Project -  January 2017

Echomaker Parts 1,2, & 3 videos by artist Sean Harris

Please do put some time aside to enjoy these 3 wonderful, short films that comprise  ‘Echo-Maker’ by Sean Harris.

Echo-maker

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES!

First, catch your crane...

On a quiet, still morning a week ago, four conservationists hid, crouched in the grasses and obscured by hawthorn hedges as the morning mist formed in the first light of dawn. After a wait of around an hour, a pair of cranes and their eight week old chick crept steadily from their night-time roost, stealthily and nervously walking out of the thick cover of reeds onto a short drove road.  From here they walked much more quickly out into an open field, recently grazed, gleaning early-morning insect morsels from the rush tops.  

Sad news from WWT Slimbridge

Bad news from WWT Slimbridge on their Slimbridge Sightings twitter page

BABY CRANE UPDATE - Well some sad news to report this morning. Our Crane chick on the Rushy has not made it. Let's hope they do better next year.

Initial post mortem results on the baby Crane show underlying lung & kidney disease were the cause of death.