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Latest updates and news from the project

Photo of the Week !

Just found out a photo of Chris and Monty, taken at WWT Slimbridge, has made Bird Guides - Photo of the Week... See link

Cracking photo!  

Autumn comes to the moors

Autumns rusty pallet tints the trees, as the cranes cruise around looking for maize stubble.

In the stubble... searching for maize kernels and worms

Snap the crane

  White Blue Yellow - Snap

Special preparations are being made for one of this year's cohort - White Blue Yellow - nicknamed 'Snap'.

Cranes across Europe

Children from across Europe have been learning about cranes and making wonderful art works with Melanie Tomlinson.  The workshops were organsised by Somerset Art Works as part of the Flying Through Europe project and involved children from ten countries.  You can find out more, and see more pictures, on Melanie's blog at 

Wild Naked Legs and wandering cranes

 60 cranes in flight over Somerset - October 2013

Duck Decoy becomes Crane Breeding Zone

The Great Crane Project has been working with a farming family near Cossington, on Somerset Levels and Moors to convert an 18th century duck decoy and Scheduled Ancient Monument, into a potential crane breeding zone.  

   Starting to fill up through the sluice.

Crane monitoring

In the last couple of weeks the team have been closely monitoring the chicks as they integrate with the older birds. There have been some wonderful interactions taking place and now most of the chicks seem to have been accepted as part of the group. It is wonderful to see them looking so at home on the levels and moors. Here are a few images from the monitoring sessions.