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Final preparations and a radio interview

My first blog!  Very very exciting times for me - following a year of preparation, consent gaining, awareness raising, construction and planning  and all seems to be finally coming together.  

Damons officeWe have just received the last bits of paperwork from Animal Health (DEFRA) to bring the eggs back via Heathrow, and are just double checking the process for getting the eggs onto and off the Lufthansa plane in Hamburg and Heathrow.     
Have been starting to prepare all the maps, batteries, insurance, contacts lists, tickets, kit, kit and more kit that we will need in Germany and starting to load up and crane truck – it is setting of tomorrow with Richard (RSPB conservation officer) at the helm on the first leg of the trip. 

Also finishing off the final tweaks to this first stage of the website, and getting it moved onto a server to go live....

BBC Somerset Sound logoI gave a live interview on BBC Somerset Sound yesterday on Emma Britten’s morning show.  Some attempts at crane impressions, but thankfully I managed to get out of there without being forced to attempt my own!   Its fantastic that there is this warm feeling of support and excitement in the local community for this project.  You can have a listen to the show by clicking on the box below (coming soon) ... and afterwards perhaps try your very own crane impression.

 

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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.