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First batch of the class of 2012 safely in the incubator

The first batch of eggs for this year have been collected and are currently keeping warm and cosy, safe in the incubator at the Glambecker Mill in Brandenburg.  Well done Nige, Beate, Amy, Harry and Nicky, a brilliant job well done!  Another batch to be collected early next week and then due back at WWT Slimbridge on April 20th. Can't wait!

A new year begins

  The Mill Pond at the incubation station, Brandenburg

Film Shows in Somerset

Wanderers return.

The three cranes that went wandering last weekend returned on Friday - and the flock is once more made up of 34 birds.  We received no sightings of them whilst apart from the remaining 31 so sadly, we have no idea where they were! This weekend has also seem the flock split at times into smaller groups, which were seen using the thermals created in the unseasonally warm and sunny weather to  explore further afield.

Mid March - Time to explore...

Lac du Der and 50,000 cranes ...

 Hundreds of cranes dropping in to roost...

Pepper, airborne

Beautiful photo of Pepper in flight taken by John Crispin from the River Parret Trail footpath - (with a very long lens, admittedly).

Wild cranes on the loose!

Another wild, unringed crane has turned up in Somerset - seen on Feb 6th near Frome and yesterday (7th ) on Chilton Moor (from the road between near Eddington and Burtle) and then later in the day at Catcott Lows Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve.   Perhaps it will join up with the release birds?  Watch this space!  

 

 

 

Small potatoes

  Artificial feeder, decoy crane and potatoes.

All Crane Viewing dates are now Full... new dates will be out start of next week

All the existing crane Date with Nature (wild wings across Somerset) events are FULLY BOOKED.(Some additional new dates will be added at the start of next week when bookings can re-commence.)