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Latest updates and news from the project

Damon arrives in Germany

Arrived at the mill finally after an 18 hour journey by taxi, train, tube, plane, subway, highspeed train, slow train, and a lift in the crane truck courtesy of richard. All pretty smooth...especially the high speed train - known as the ice train. ( intercontinental express ). Loved Berlin station a real shrine to minimalism and industrial architecture. Also loved the doubledecker slow train...what a great way to pack in more passengers whilst giving them fantastic views!

The first eggs hatch!

seven eggs

The first crane chicks destined to be released into the wild later this year as part of the Great Crane Project, have successfully hatched at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, just a few short hours after an epic 17 hour road trip.

Amy has been busy looking after the new chicks.

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.