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Stars of Radio 4

The cranes were once again media stars last week - featuring on the fabulous Radio 4 programme "Saving Species" - Listen again via the BBC site and find out how they have been fairing through the harshest December on record  - follow this link:


  Flying in... 

Tough old birds!

  Flying over Oath Lock (Paul Hockey)

A brief respite

cranes in flight with mud on their feet

  Mennis, Michael (with the white face) Tamsin, and two other unidentifiable cranes in flight with mud on their feet! Photo: Kevin Harris

Fog, frost, ice and snow!

view of the released cranes flying

The released cranes flying over Aller Moor. 

The last couple of weeks of extremely cold weather has been a tough time for many birds - the cranes included.   With the help of local landowners, we have been carrying out additional supplementary feeding to ensure that the cranes remain in good condition.  In future years, once the cranes have developed and increased their knowledge of the local landscape and become less naive - this supplementary feeding should not be neccessary.

Plumage development

Cranes on the Moor

A few of the birds are starting to show a development in plumage with their adult colours starting to appear. The necks of the birds are starting to change colour and the white on the side of their faces is replacing the once gingery juvenile plumage. One even has a little bit of red emerging on the top of its head.

Muddy feet and ice skating practise!

In the last month the water levels have risen bringing an expansion of the watery areas the cranes like to hang about in. As the landscape changes due to wintery weather the roost areas chosen by the cranes are moving about a lot. The cold must be a lot to get used to for a young crane, alongside having to suddenly share the Levels and Moors with an increasing number of wintering wildfowl and flocking starlings!