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Cranes hit the news!

crane chick

The arrival and hatching of young cranes appears to have caught the eye of the press this past couple of days with some excellent news coverage.

Field notes from Germany

Alder swamp

A selection of photos from our latest adventures here in Brandenburg. An alder swamp and view across Biosphere Reserve from a drumlin (A post glacial morain that forms a small hill).

And finally....Beate collecting eggs and a crane in a typical nesting site outside of the forest in a feldsol (a pingo...or wet swampy hollow formed at the end of the ice age as the permafrost melted).

Watch the first crane eggs hatching

Just a few short hours after an epic 17 hour road trip from Germany the first eight crane chicks have successfully hatched at the special crane rearing facility at WWT Slimbridge.

Only hours after arriving the first chick hatched, followed by seven more, to the surprise and delight of me and crane ‘mummy’ Amy who had been anxiously awaiting their arrival at Slimbridge.

The next few days should see more chicks hatch at WWT Slimbridge. But in the meantime, you can share with us the special moments when the first cranes hatched!

Damon arrives in Germany

Arrived at the mill finally after an 18 hour journey by taxi, train, tube, plane, subway, highspeed train, slow train, and a lift in the crane truck courtesy of richard. All pretty smooth...especially the high speed train - known as the ice train. ( intercontinental express ). Loved Berlin station a real shrine to minimalism and industrial architecture. Also loved the doubledecker slow train...what a great way to pack in more passengers whilst giving them fantastic views!

The first eggs hatch!

seven eggs

The first crane chicks destined to be released into the wild later this year as part of the Great Crane Project, have successfully hatched at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, just a few short hours after an epic 17 hour road trip.

Amy has been busy looking after the new chicks.

Roland returns with eggs

Roland arrives back with the eggs

After a long journey, Roland arrives back from Germany with 18 crane eggs. Some of the eggs look ready to hatch any day now.


Waiting for the arrival of the eggs

Waiting to find out how the transport issues are affecting the arrival dates for the eggs is causing a mixture of anxiousness and excitiment. However, although we are waiting for the eggs to arrive, there is no time for twiddling thumbs! 

I have loads to keep me busy, such as setting up the incubators, cleaning the various buildings, laying down final surfaces and erecting the netting for the outside enclosure.

Everything is looking great, so I can't wait to see the rearing facilities finally being used!