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Class of 2012 take to the air

 Two of this years cohort lifting off.

"Flight of the Cranes" Exhibition

Recent photos from the pre-release pen

 Wycliffe up close (investigating the dangling lens-cap!)

 Green White Blue in the water supply ditch

18 new recruits travel to Somerset in style

Another 18 cranes were transferred to the Somerset pre-release enclosure on Wednesday this week, on what was quite possibly the wettest day of the year.  The birds were loaded up into their transportation crates at  6am on a blustery, stormy day with a beautiful rainbow spanning the sky, and the four cranes at Slimbridge carrying out a red-arrows style fly-past.   The cranes didn't mind  the weather,  but we got a little damp around the edges and had to transport the crates to the pens by tractor and trailer across the soft peat.

...and the winnner is.... Us!

Damon holding the award

Fantastic news!

We have won the Countryfile Magazine Award's "Best Conservation Project 2012".

Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us and a big thank you to Countryfile Magazine!  

We are all chuffed to bits!


Suited and Booted

 'Pancakes'  - bird 60  - Ring Combination Yellow-White-Blue.

The last few days have seen the young cranes fitted with their colour rings and some also fitted with GPS back-packs and leg-mounted Satellite tags.

They are intruiged by their new 'bling' and make a very pleasing gentle rattle as they stut around the rearing pens!


Win a free family ticket to see the cranes at Slimbridge!

Origami Crane Sculpture

Somerset Art Works are giving away a family ticket to Slimbridge, which will give access to everything the Slimbridge Wetland Centre has to offer, including the new Great Crane Art exhibition in the foyer. 

They're growing like there's no tomorrow....

 Yellow Black Blue - 62 days old today, 9th July 2012

 Blue Black Blue - 70 days old today, 9th July 2012.

40 days and 40 nights

  Chick A4 (Red Black Blue) now over 40 days old!

For over forty days (and nights) the crane team at WWT Slimbridge have been caring for the new batch of cranes  - all of which are growing phenomenally fast.

I have been popping up to lend a hand from time to time... and have to resist the words my Grandma always said to me when I went to visit.... "Here ... havn't you grown! "

A sad day for all at The Great Crane Project.

 Peter on the Someset Levels, Autumn 2009.

On Saturday we heard the sad news that Peter Newbery, one of the founding members of The Great Crane Project, and a friend and inspiration to many of us had died.