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The last day - Richards Diary part 22

Thursday 6th May

It’s our last day at the mill and there’s a slight air of sadness. The showery weather doesn’t help but Damon and I are determined to make the most of it. We go searching for presents for home and head for Chorin. There is a serious lack of tourist shops in the area and we settle for some items at to Brodovin organic farm shop. We get excellent views of a pair of cranes feeding in a maize field by the side of a road in Chorin and they approach to within 30m of the truck. We return to the mill and say goodbye to all our German friends and retire early to rest for the long drive to Rotterdam tomorrow. It’s been great fun and we’ve learnt a lot from our visit. We talk about next year when hopefully we will be back again.

cranes feeding in a maize field
A pair of cranes feeding in a maize field at Chorin

This is the diary of Richard Archer, RSPB Conservation Officer for Somerset. In mid April, Richard spent three weeks as part of the RSPB/WWT/Pensthorpe crane team collecting crane eggs in Eastern Germany. These are his personal reflections on the successful German visit. You can read all of Richards Diary here.

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Richard Archer is RSPB’s Conservation Officer for Somerset, and took his sabbatical in the of Spring 2010 to help with the collection, incubation and transport of the first year’s eggs.