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Roland returns with eggs

Roland arrives back with the eggs

After a long journey, Roland arrives back from Germany with 18 crane eggs. Some of the eggs look ready to hatch any day now.


Waiting for the arrival of the eggs

Waiting to find out how the transport issues are affecting the arrival dates for the eggs is causing a mixture of anxiousness and excitiment. However, although we are waiting for the eggs to arrive, there is no time for twiddling thumbs! 

I have loads to keep me busy, such as setting up the incubators, cleaning the various buildings, laying down final surfaces and erecting the netting for the outside enclosure.

Everything is looking great, so I can't wait to see the rearing facilities finally being used!


Serious case of butterflies

Had a call first thing to say that Nige and Roland will aim to set off Friday early morning from the Mill to make it to a late afternoon Eurotunnel train - a day earlier than expected - but back on track of the previous schedule before the flight cancellations...and St Georges day too... all very apt!  


Flying by the seat of our pants!

Had a great chat with the team last night from the mill in Brandenburg although I think they had forgotten that we are an hour ahead in the UK. 

It was wonderful to hear them...its quite an odd feeling holding the fort here in the UK - and the phone reception in that part of Germany is not good!  


Eyjafjallajökull Fallout

Ash cloud

Watched the 10 o'clock news last night....and discovered that more clouds of ash from Eyjafjallajökull are heading Europe’s way, so booked myself onto the Eurostar to Paris – and an overnight DeutschBahn train to Berlin.


Roland reporting from Brandenburg


Nigel's finally arrived (at 3:00 am in the morning), after his epic journey across Europe and we're finally ready to start looking for some crane nests (just in case your thinking that's a bit early, it's now 10:00 am).

Luckily for us we have some really dedicated German colleges who are really passionate about the project and they have done most of the leg work, monitoring the breeding cranes and their nests since the end of March. The cunning plan is that we only take eggs from nests that are badly situated and therefore likely to get robbed by the large numbers of wild boar that inhabit the area.

The best laid plans...

Couldn’t have predicted that a volcanic ash was going to change our plans – but it has.  With no flights currently out of Heathrow or across Europe for the forsee-able future due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland, Nigel has now set off overland to Brandenburg in a hired van to join Roland and Richard, and I need to get on with sorting out new import licences as it looks likely that the first batch of eggs will come in through Folkestone via the Eurotunnel, rather than London Heathrow via a Lufthansa flight!