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Schools Crane Twinning Project!

In his last blog Damon talked about his recent visit to Brandenburg in Germany which is the area where the crane eggs that are brought to Slimbridge come from so the Great Crane project has very important links with the team and area out there.

Let me introduce myself!

Hi - My name is Michael and I have just started an 8 month secondment as the Somerset Wetlands Community Officer. I have been working as the Information Officer for the RSPB at the Arne nature reserve in Dorset. It's is a very different place to Somerset and I have been used to working with heathland species like smooth snakes rather than cranes.

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The first of the Great Crane Project birds display nesting behaviour!

In the last couple of days there has been a great deal of excitment at WWT Slimbridge. Two of the four birds which have been visiting the WWT reserve reguarly in the last few months have started to show signs of nest building! We are exceptionally lucky that they have chosen to do this right infront of one of the bird hides so we can watch the process without disturbing them!

Exciting news!

A very excited Amy King has just sent some amazing news from WWT Slimbridge, where she has been watching cranes from the Great Crane Project building a nest in front of one of the bird hides!  Amy will post more details and photos on the website as soon as she can, and meanwhile you can follow her updates on our project Facebook page.

Cranes on the Radio

Just finished interviewing for Radio 4's 'Saving Species' programme due to be aired tomorrow -

Tuesday 8th June - at 10am

The crew were almost as excited about the project as I am....and it really brought home to me how soon the imminent move to Somerset will be.   I'm off up to Slimbridge tomorrow to help out and am very excited to see how big these chicks have grown over the halfterm week -  More pictures of big cranes to follow!

 

Cranes Grace the Skies....

Weathervane photo with cranes

To celebrate the hatching of the first chicks as part of the project, Rod Fender of Black Forge Art has  donated this fabulous weathervane to The Pensthorpe Trust.  This now sits proudly on top of the visitor centre at Pensthorpe, where almost as soon as it was put up, a ‘fly past’ of two wild cranes took place!  Tim Nevard, said: “Although

...excercising, foraging and socialising....

Now all 24 little critters have hatched and the eldest are over three weeks old, everyone has really started to notice the development of individual characters in the chicks. There is a real difference between the smallest, being no taller than the top of our ankles, and the largest, reaching up to our knees!