Extinct for more than 400 years, common cranes are finding homes in the UK’s wetlands and waterways once again.
Because of conservation efforts that began in 1979, the common crane (not seen since the 1600s) now numbers almost 200 individuals in the country, with more than 60 breeding pairs.
“It is always great to get the opportunity to celebrate a real conservation success story and UK cranes is one of these,” said Andrew Stanbury, a Conservation Scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
Organizations like the RSPB and the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust (WWT) have formed The Great Crane Project, aimed at a massive translocation of birds from Germany into breeding sites in UK wetlands.
Famous for their loud and joyous courtship displays, the common crane, or Eurasian crane, was driven to extinction in the UK through hunting and wetland loss.