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Egg Collection now complete

The 2013, and penultimate year of egg collection has now been completed, with the last 14 eggs arriving back at the Great Crane Project rearing facility at Slimbridge in the early hours of Sat 11th May.  Hatching is now happening thick and fast with over 1/3 of the eggs having now turned into hungry little chicks.   We expect that the hatching period will be over by around 22nd May.   Amy, Harry, Claire and Tan will now be very busy!  Keep your eye on the GCP facebook pages for lots of cute chick photos!   And h

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R.I.P. D2

  Green Yellow Blue in September 2012.

The first of the Great Crane Project birds display nesting behaviour!

In the last couple of days there has been a great deal of excitment at WWT Slimbridge. Two of the four birds which have been visiting the WWT reserve reguarly in the last few months have started to show signs of nest building! We are exceptionally lucky that they have chosen to do this right infront of one of the bird hides so we can watch the process without disturbing them!

Exciting news!

A very excited Amy King has just sent some amazing news from WWT Slimbridge, where she has been watching cranes from the Great Crane Project building a nest in front of one of the bird hides!  Amy will post more details and photos on the website as soon as she can, and meanwhile you can follow her updates on our project Facebook page.

Phelps and the fishing line

 Phelps looking pretty sorry for himself in March 2013 with fishing tackle dangling from beak. 

Fabulous sequence of Wycliffe taking flight...

A lovely set of shots by John Crispin showing crane Yellow-White-Blue (Championed and named by Wycliffe College, Stonehouse) taking flight the other day.

Rain stops play - Crane viewing dates cancelled

I regret that we have taken the decision to cancel all of the crane viewing events between January 4th and 30th. 

 Crane feeding point..... and no cranes.....

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