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Discover the Process

Discover the Process

For a step-by step guide from egg to adult - visit ‘The Process’ pages
Discover the Crane Landscape

Discover the Crane Landscape

Find out where the cranes are going to live and see what other wildlife you can find hidden in the landscape
Follow the progress

Follow the progress

Follow the ups and downs of the project as it unfolds by reading the staff blogs
Meet the cranes of 2014

Meet the cranes of 2014

Meet the cranes
See them for real

See them for real

Follow this link to find out where the cranes have been seen lately and how you can see them too!
Learn about the project

Learn about the project

Find out the aims of this historic Project on ‘The Project pages’
Where are we now?

Where are we now?

Find out the facts and figures of the project so far...
Watch the film

Watch the film

Watch the 30 minute ‘Return of the Cranes’ film all about the project
Learn about the process
Discover the Crane Landscape
Follow the progress
Meet the cranes of 2014
See them for real
Learn more about the Project
Where are we now?
Watch the film

Imagine...it's spring, and the morning sun is slowly burning the mist off the marshes...

crane in the mist
A crane in the morning mist. Credit - RSPB images
Suddenly an explosive guttural call reverberates across the landscape.

You walk towards the source of this incredible sound, and catch a glimpse of movement in the meadow grasses.  With bill turned skywards, a piebald head on a long slender neck is heralding the day. Your heart almost stops. Unmistakable  - it's a crane!

Cranes are beautiful. Their trumpeting calls sound astonishing.
And they have a courtship dance that has to be seen to be believed.

Before hunting and the draining of our wetlands wiped them out, cranes were plentifuland widespread in the UK. 

Today, there are around 20 pairs in the country - with the majority of them found in the Broads and Fens of East Anglia.

The Great Crane Project will help to re-establish the cranes' former numbers in wetlands throughout the UK, so that people can once again experience these wonderful and magnificent birds.

Explore this site, watch Return of the Cranes a short film, Meet the Cranes, view the Crane Sightings Map and if you've seen the cranes in the wild, you can find out more on how to submit your sighting.

Keep up to date with the Latest News providing regular updates
from the project team on the progress so far.

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