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Let me introduce myself!

Hi - My name is Michael and I have just started an 8 month secondment as the Somerset Wetlands Community Officer. I have been working as the Information Officer for the RSPB at the Arne nature reserve in Dorset. It's is a very different place to Somerset and I have been used to working with heathland species like smooth snakes rather than cranes.

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A sad day for all at the Great Crane Project

 Monty with his chick. Photo - Graham Hann.

Monty & Chris' chick is getting big!

Monty with chick

 Monty with his chick - late May.

Monty and Chris, the pair of released cranes that have successfully nested at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire this year are currently very busy rearing a feisty young crane that will soon be 20 days old!  The young bird is one of two that hatched from Monty and Chris's clutch on 17th May.  Sadly, its sibling was taken by a fox at around 1 week old.

Monty & Chris' good news!

  Monty foraging with one of his chicks! 19/05/14

Over the weekend Monty & Chris, the pair of 2010 release year cranes that had been incubating on the WWT Slimbridge reserve not far from the Martin Smith Hide hatched a couple of chicks - and this is one of them  - the first photographed wild crane chick in the West Country in over 400 years! 

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Manfred takes a trip

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Another 14 eggs start their journey

 

Somerset's very own soap opera

The cranes have been VERY busy over the last couple of weeks.

 Tamsin on Timmy - Early March 2014

We have seen some of last year's pairings continuing to flourish, some couples spiltting, some rather 'modern' trios of birds forming, a number of new romances blossoming as well as a good number of fleeting dalliancies.