24 hour security for western Britain’s first crane egg

Posted on 02. Jun, 2013 by in Environment & Nature, Featured

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WWT write: “Conservationists at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire have set up a round-the-clock guard to protect the first crane egg laid in western Britain in over 400 years. Hunting and the loss of wetlands drove cranes to extinction in Britain by 1600. Since 2010, the Great Crane Project has been rearing cranes in captivity and reintroducing them to the West Country. The egg at WWT Slimbridge is the first known to be laid by cranes released by the project.” Read more here and see 24 hour webcam.WWT staff and volunteers guarding the nest against egg thieves reported two fleeting glimpses of a chick next to its mother on 26 May.

Update: The local press have since reported that while the chick survived the first few days of life thanks to the skills of parents Chris and Monty, the chick has since sadly died.

See also the film of them nesting: http://stroudcommunity.tv/slimbridge-common-cranes/

And other films of Slimbridge by clicking on Slimbridge tag. See more about the wonders of WWT Slimdridge at: http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/slimbridge/

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