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Manfred takes a trip

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Another 14 eggs start their journey

 

Somerset's very own soap opera

The cranes have been VERY busy over the last couple of weeks.

 Tamsin on Timmy - Early March 2014

We have seen some of last year's pairings continuing to flourish, some couples spiltting, some rather 'modern' trios of birds forming, a number of new romances blossoming as well as a good number of fleeting dalliancies. 

Sven's sad end

We are sorry to report that one of this year's released birds, Sven, was reported by the daily monitoring team this Saturday on his own, with his wing hanging limply by his side.  He was caught and taken to be examined by the RSPCA at West Hatch.  Sadly, his injury was so severe that the only humane option was euthanasia, and he was put down.  We are not sure exactly what caused the injury, but it is quite possible that it was a bite from a fox in the night, or other predator.  He was a very healthy weight and apart from the broken wing, seemed in good shape.

Come Hell or High Water

... Looks like both have come to Somerset in the last few weeks.  There have been times when it has felt like the end of the world may be imminent.   Extreme winds, torrential rains, extensive flooding - mass evacuations of people and livestock... quite apocalyptic scenes and a definite reminder of the power of nature and water. 

A lively flock

A fun day yesterday at North Newton Primary School, making crane masks with artist Melanie Tomlinson.  The masks are just one of the brilliant resources for schools designed by Melanie as part of her Company of Cranes work commissioned by Somerset Art Works, which are now being made available to primary schools and children on the website http://www.thecompanyofcranes.net/  thanks to funding from InspirED.

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A dead calm

 West Sedgemoor Jan 20th - 12 noon

Amazing morning on 'crane safari' duties this morning  - 56 cranes feeding in pasture on Stanmoor - and then wading back to the office through the deepest floods on West Sedgemoor in living memory in quite eerily still conditions.