Eurasian cranes prefer large isolated wetland habitats though have adapted to smaller wetlands within a more cultivated wider landscape, they became extinct as a breeding bird in Great Britain in the 17th century. There is now a small breeding population on the Norfolk Broads, as well as wild cranes now resident at Pensthorpe.
Encroachment due to urbanisation, tourism and recreation can lead to nest disturbance and egg loss.
ACTIVELY SAVING SPECIES
The Great Crane Project was set up in June 2006 with project partners Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, RSPB and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust initially to undertake feasibility studies on possible release sites and their long-term requirements.
The Project aimed to re-establish this iconic wetland species to the UK and succeeded in releasing 93 Eurasian cranes on the Somerset Levels & Moors.
The next phase is monitoring the numerous breeding attempts and successful rearing and fledging of chicks since 2015.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
You can support our work with Eurasian cranes by animal adoption.