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Back to their roots?

By M_squared
Common Crane.

Taken (in the wild) at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.
These are two of the birds that were hatched there and then relocated. Several have found their way back and still visit regularly. This pair has stayed and last year had one chick, which survived a few days only.

Extract from project website:
Since 2010 , the project has focused on the reintroduction of cranes into the Somerset Levels and Moors - 60,000ha of floodplain in the South West of the UK, dominated by extensive mixed pastures, meadows and wetlands.
To get these birds back, where they rightfully belong, requires the careful hand-rearing of young birds from wild-sourced eggs - undertaken in a purpose built ‘school’ at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
At around five months old the birds are then transported to Somerset and released where they are closely monitored as they learn to adapt to the rigours of life in the wild.
To help the cranes adapt to their new home, habitat improvement and enhancement works are being undertaken on land managed for conservation as well as farmed areas in the wider countryside.
The project aims are to release around 20 young birds each year between 2010 and 2015 with 100 birds released by 2015.

Tags: Slimbridge Gloucs Wildlife and nature Common crane Grus grus

Voters: Mike_Young, Lillian, dven and 22 more

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Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 7:44AM
Great set Malcolm
saw these in the wild last year in Sweden
really awesome birds
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 3:21PM
An interesting and informative narrative supported by a great set of images Malcolm. Image two being exceptionally good...
22 Jan 2014 5:33PM
Super set of Crane images & interesting write up Malcolm
Must visit visit Slimbridge some day
Mike_Smith Plus
13 707 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 6:30PM
Nice shot of the Cranes, a great write up too i knew about the work thats been done with these, i am a member of the Wetlands and read the magazines they send me. I think Slimbridge is the best site they have, i must visit sometime
Trev_B 14 151 68 England
22 Jan 2014 6:41PM
Well done Malc a great set…. I must get to Slimbridge some time soonWink

tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 8:36PM
Fingers X'd they manage to breed and really establish themselves

22 Jan 2014 9:09PM
Lovely shots Malcolm. Cathy
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2014 9:14PM
Good capture
22 Jan 2014 10:22PM
That's very interesting. Love the goose photobombing V5!!!

Quote:That's very interesting. Love the goose photobombing V5!!!

Great images Malcolm..Grin

Lynette Grin

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