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