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Diggers and Cranes

A 'hole' lot of work has been going on in Somerset over the last few weeks with contractors creating some areas where we hope, one day, pairs of cranes may breed.

 Creating a 'crane breeding zone'

These are the final bits of partnership work through the Viridor Credits Environmental Company funding for the project.  They are designed to retain water in a root-like network of ditches and pools surrounding isolated low islands. The deep water acts as a deterrent agains ground predators. After a few years, they will become dominated by tall fen-type vegetation, and they have been located in very remote and quiet parts of the moors, where disturbance should not be an issue.

Creating new wetland habitat, Somerset. Deep water ditches surround and isolate small blocks.

Creating new wetland habitat, Somerset. A newly created zone close to RSPB Greylake Nature Reserve.

A huge thank you to the tenants - Stuart and Neville Coombes and Nigel Williams; the contractors John Porter and Phil Whitcombe; Natural England and the Internal Drainage Board for consenting the works; and to Viridor Credits for the funding.

Together we are giving the newest residents of Somerset - the cranes - a home. 

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Damon’s role is to act as the hub of the project - making sure everyone involved knows what is going on and that it is all running smoothly. He is also responsible for project community awareness work in Somerset, construction of the release enclosure, and running the post release monitoring work in Somerset.  Damon works alongside the RSPB reserve teams in Somerset.