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Steamy cranes show spring is in the air at WWT Slimbridge!


Steamy cranes show spring is in the air at WWT Slimbridge!

Despite wintery conditions, this pair of mating cranes at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire has shown that spring is round the corner – well in their eyes anyway!

Cranes, which are the largest and loudest species of UK bird, are making a comeback in the UK and WWT Slimbridge is one of the best spots to see them in the wild. Regularly the striking birds perform dramatic flypasts in the skies above the famous nature reserve and lively dancing displays in front of the hides.

This pair, called Bart and Ruby, were released as chicks in Somerset as part of the Great Crane Project. They nested last summer at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre but failed to rear a chick.

From the look of these pictures taken on a day with temperatures close to zero though they are wasting no time trying again this year!


Explore Gloucestershire
4 February 2015


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