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Great Crane Journey!

I am not always at my best in the morning and a 4 am start seemed rather unsociable but Damon and I headed up from Somerset to meet the Slimbridge team with their very special consignment. After 3 months of dedication and hard work from the 'surrogate crane parents' the chicks made the 70 mile trip down the M5 to their secret Somerset location.

Cranes in transit!

BBC Wildlife Podcast

A couple of weeks ago Damon was interviewed about the 'Great Crane Project' for  the BBC Wildlife Magazine Podcast. Listen to him give an update on the project and his aspirations for the future of Cranes on the Somerset Levels. http://www.discoverwildlife.com/podcasts

A Celebration of Cranes - a new project for Autumn 2014

Somerset Artworks (SAW) and the Great Crane Project are delighted to announce the appointment of artist Sarah Butterworth

Heave Ho!

Had a fabulous day yesterday with a lovely bunch of volunteers and RSPB staff getting the 'top-nets' onto the crane aviary on the Somerset Levels and Moors. 

Firstly a tangled mess of net - that had been stored out on site, within a tarpaulin, but under 1m of water at the height of the winter flood.  It had also, rather unpleasantly had been used by Mink as a latrine and a store of half-eaten duck eggs and bits of dead coot and mallard. 

Photographic Competiton Launch

The Willows and Wetlands Centre at Stoke St Gregory has launched a photoraphic competition in conjunction with the RSPB."where people, nature and water weave their magic" aims to capture the Somerset Levels at their best. Win a private safari for up to 8 people with a RSPB guide and a £50 voucher to spend in the shop at the Willow & Wetlands Vistor Centre.

Closing date 30/9/2014

Schools Crane Twinning Project!

In his last blog Damon talked about his recent visit to Brandenburg in Germany which is the area where the crane eggs that are brought to Slimbridge come from so the Great Crane project has very important links with the team and area out there.

Catchers in the Rye

I have just returned from a wonderful week in the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, Brandenburg, Germany  - helping the team there to catch and ring wild crane chicks. 

     

Eberhard and myself with a young crane            Cornflowers in the Rye crops