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Reward increased to £2,000

A private, anonymous reward of £1,000 has been offered, ontop of the £1,000 offered by RSPB, for any information that leads to a conviction for the shooting of the crane, known as Swampy at the end of September this year.  Anybody with information should contact the Avon and Somerset Police quoting crime reference number 5216228321  

Swampy - Shot Dead

I have some very sad news to report.  The body of Swampy, a female crane, released through the Great Crane Project in 2011, was found by a local farmer in a maize field in late September.   The body was handed into the project team, and it was sent, as with any recovered dead crane, for a full post-mortem.   The post mortem found four embedded metallic objects by CT scan, one of which was located through examination and has been identified as gun-shot.  The conclusion is that the most likely cause of death was shooting.  The details hav

First, catch your crane...

On a quiet, still morning a week ago, four conservationists hid, crouched in the grasses and obscured by hawthorn hedges as the morning mist formed in the first light of dawn. After a wait of around an hour, a pair of cranes and their eight week old chick crept steadily from their night-time roost, stealthily and nervously walking out of the thick cover of reeds onto a short drove road.  From here they walked much more quickly out into an open field, recently grazed, gleaning early-morning insect morsels from the rush tops.  

Scientists learn from Cranes caught in 2013 floods

Floods on the Somerset Levels gave scientists a rare chance to study the effect of extreme weather on wildlife.

A new study shows in 2013 a flock of cranes were forced out of their usual roosts and feeding sites, and spent two extra hours a day searching for food.  Click link for full article which appeared in the Weston Morning News and on BBC news

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-36638145

Sad news from WWT Slimbridge

Bad news from WWT Slimbridge on their Slimbridge Sightings twitter page

BABY CRANE UPDATE - Well some sad news to report this morning. Our Crane chick on the Rushy has not made it. Let's hope they do better next year.

Initial post mortem results on the baby Crane show underlying lung & kidney disease were the cause of death.

Two parents, one chick so far

Monty and Sedge are proving to be good parents with one chick already. They keep returning to egg number two so fingers crossed!  Keeping watching http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/

Success at WWT Slimbridge!

WWT Slimbridge confirmed that they have a crane chick! One of the team photographed it this morning and they are waiting to confirm but based on second hand information it looks like it could be 24-36 hours old.  Keep watching for the second chick it is addictive viewing!

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/

A great opportunity to watch a crane nest in comfort

Check out Monty and Sedge nesting at WWT Slimbridge at this link! 

They've been going since the last days of April/first days of May - so due to hatch around the end of the month....    finger's crossed!

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/experience/webcam/