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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

Thistle picking and volunteers

At Crane School disease prevention is paramount and we have a lot of protocols in place to protect the birds from any nasty pathogens which might do our birds harm. One of the most important of these preventative measures was to cover the outside exercise area with twelve inches of subsoil when crane school was being constructed thus, burying any disease causing organisms that may have been present in the topsoil. This has so far worked well although on the down side it has become a wonderful seedbed for thistles.

Clarence takes his first steps

As you’ll have gathered from Amy’s blog, things are now settling into a routine at the crane centre with the youngsters growing nicely, some faster than others. What is becoming very evident now is that they are all starting to develop their own unique personalities. After working most recently cirl buntings, this has been quite an eye opener, as the cirls especially, being low down on the food chain were very cute but were generally like peas in a pod.

Happy One Month Birthday!

picture of crane number two at one month old

Two real highlights this week.  The first was seeing the oldest chicks at the crane school on Tuesdays – they are enormous!   The oldest hatched on April 24th so are now over one month old, over a kilogramme in weight and they come up to your knees.  In only around eight weeks these will be gleaning insects off the long grass and poking around in the wet, muddy edges of a pool created within the Somerset release enclosu

...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!

Bird Bling!

A busy week coming to a close.

Much debate this week over the intricacies of monitoring of the cranes following their release - and we are getting close to reaching a decision based on what is best for the welfare of the birds and what is neccessary for the long term success of the project.