Rare crane egg given 24-hour guard

The first Common crane egg laid in western Britain for more than 400 years has been given a round-the-clock guard, conservationists said.

The nesting pair that produced the egg are part of the Great Crane Project, which has been rearing cranes in captivity since 2010 and reintroducing them to the Somerset Levels and Moors where they would have been found centuries ago.

The egg laid at a nest at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s (WWT) Slimbridge Wetland Centre is the first known to be laid by the project’s cranes, which were hand-reared at the centre and the oldest of which only reached breeding age this year.

Like Whooping cranes (Grus americana), the Common crane (Grus grus) was driven close to extinction by hunting and habitat loss by 1600.

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  1. Margie Tomlinson May 21, 2013 11:57 am

    Nice to see our allies across the “pond” are picking up on the re-introduction of their native species of crane as well. Pip, Pip, Hooray!