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Latest updates and news from the project

Oldest cranes reach a critical point in their lives

Crane Roost site on the Levels and Moors

  Typical summer roost site on the Levels & Moors

Monty and Chris' egg hatches... but their chick is lost

Some sad news I'm afraid.Monty and Chris - the pair of cranes that had been nesting up at Slimbridge have sadly lost their first chick 1-2 days after hatching.

Fantastic News.... Monty and Chris are incubating!

We have some wonderful news to share.

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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Who's with whom?

The last couple of months have been a fascinating time and we have been seeing the cranes start to form pair-bonds with lots of display, agression and interesting allegiances forming.   The chart above has all the 2010 and 2011 males in the first column and then the females that are most closely bonded to them in the second column.    The most definite and obvious pairs we have so far are:

Let the hatching commence!

  Egg number 4 - which 'pipped' last night.

Fantastic news... the first of the eggs transported back on 1st May has just begun the hatching process - watch this space for more exciting news soon!

Special delivery!

Eggs going into the travelling incubator

The latest batch of eggs are about to start their journey from Germany to WWT Slimbridge!  The project team has been collecting eggs at the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve for a week or so.  Tomorrow ten eggs, in their specially padded incubator, will be driven to the rearing facility at WWT Slimbridge - and soon we will have crane chicks again!