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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!  

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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.

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Roland reporting from Brandenburg

Eggs

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!   

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A welcome from Amy and Roland

Amy King and Roland Digby

Welcome to the Great Crane Project news and blog updates!  We'll be using our blogs to share the stories of the project. Here's a little piece of news from us of what we've been up to, getting ready for the arrival of the eggs from Germany.  Find out more about how it's all going to happen by visiting the Process page and also visit the Crane School page to see more of what we'll be up to in the coming months ahead. 

Final preparations and a radio interview

Damons office

My first blog!  Very very exciting times for me - following a year of preparation, consent gaining, awareness raising, construction and planning  and all seems to be finally coming together.  

We have just received the last bits of paperwork from Animal Health (DEFRA) to bring the eggs back via Heathrow, and are just double checking the process for getting the eggs onto and off the Lufthansa plane in Hamburg and Heathrow.