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Slimbridge WWT Crane school

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by kiang, 14 Jun 2010.

  1. kiang

    kiang Well-Known Member

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    Once upon a time common cranes were a familiar sight in the UK. These large elegant birds with powerful calls and energetic dancing displays used to be abundant in our wetlands. But overhunting and draining of wetlands caused their extinction 400 years ago. Now they could once again be a common feature across Britain thanks to an exciting project to reintroduce the birds into the wild.
    The WWT at Slimbridge has commenced upon a hatching and rearing programme for European cranes, around 15 pairs are in the Norfolk wetlands at the moment, and now Somerset is being explored as the next release site.
    A brand new hatching and rearing facility has been built behind the scenes at Slimbridge and right now 20 young crane chicks are being hand reared by expert costumed crane 'parents.

    Crane School diary 2010 - Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

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  2. Paix

    Paix Well-Known Member

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    Interesting! Now on my favourites, thanks!