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A Celebration of Cranes - 22nd November

Somerset Artworks (SAW) and The Great Crane Project are collaborating on 'A Celebration of Cranes' - a celebratory project working with artists, musicians, local schools and communities. An illuminated lantern procession with spectacular crane puppets, dramatic costumes and live music with The Big Noise Street Band will take place on Saturday 22 November at 4.30pm.

CRANE SAFARIS - FULLY BOOKED

CRANE SAFARIS - Due to another fantastic response all of this winters crane safaris are now FULLY BOOKED - Sorry for any dissapointment caused.

Do you want a behind the scenes chance to see cranes like this on the Somerset Levels...?

Then read on!

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All Hallows Crane Art!

Cranes have always been important in the history and culture of this country and over 270 place names derive from the crane (which is more than any other bird) using the Anglo Saxon suffix Cran and the Norse suffix Tran.

This is something that the staff and pupils from All Hallows prep school at East Cranmore near Shepton Mallett take very seriously. The school is based at Cranmore Hall and even their School emblem is a crane!

So proud are they of this conection that they linked a whole school project to the Great Crane Project!

A Home Fit For A Crane!

A couple of weeks ago Damon blogged about some of the habitat creation work that we are doing at the momment and at the time it was a work in progress. The diggers have now gone and the area looks a whole lot different!

What started off as this....

became this....

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New Nature Calendar goes Live!

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Somerset Levels and Moors Nature Calendar on this site. Using pictures taken by local volunteers it shows when and where to see some of the best nature experiences the area has to offer .

From bitterns to butterflies and grass snakes to great white egrets discover whats out there by clicking on the Nature Calendar tab across the top of this page and explore away!

Giant Moles

It looks like there have been a plague of giant moles on the RSPB's West Sedgemoor Reserve at the moment.

 Access track with drying piles of spoil

The Final Chapter

White Yellow Black taking off

 White Yellow Black - taking off

On Tuesday we released the final batch of 17 cranes into the Levels & Moors.

 Leading the group out of the pens

The Final Chapter

White Yellow Black taking off

 White Yellow Black - taking off

On Tuesday we released the final batch of 17 cranes into the Levels & Moors.

 Leading the group out of the pens

The diggers are coming....

 

Spent a while this morning in the tractor, preparing the ground in readiness for contractors to start work creating a potential crane breeding zone at the heart of the West Sedgemoor RSPB reserve.

 The topper

Chicks Go Live!

After their successful journey to the Levels earlier this week I am delighted to announce that all of this year's chicks now have their very own profile on the website. We will keep these updated as time goes on. At the moment most of the birds are just known by their colour ring combination but as in previous years, we will invite local schools to name and champion each bird. Who knows what weird and wonderful names they will come up with?