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Monday 28 March 2016

The Great Crane Project in Somerset

Ltl Acorn 6310MG with standard lens

A while ago I was contacted by Damon Bridge, the Species Recovery Officer at The Great Crane Project in Somerset who asked if I could help him with the GPRS/SMTP setup for Ltl Acorn 6310MG cameras they were using to monitor predators in the project area.

I suggested he might like to send some images at some point to show progress and last week I received the following comment and pictures.

"Ltl Acorn 6310 cameras are being used by The Great Crane Project in Somerset to keep an eye on the movements of predators and to help inform the project team about incidences of disturbance. 

Cameras successfully showed that short sections of predator proof fencing erected across gateway entrances to fields caused predators to turn around and retrace their steps, rather than entering specific
fields to disturb or predate crane nests.   

Cameras are already deployed informing the team on the movements of predators so that fences can be erected at specific pinch-points to prevent easy access to breeding zones.   

Incidentally, we also get some great wildlife images!"

Thanks Damon for the update and I'm pleased to hear that the cameras are proving useful.

Quoted from the project website: 
Cranes made a natural return to the UK in the late 1970's with the first fledged chick for 400yrs being produced in the Norfolk Broads in 1982. With a lot of conservation effort the population has grown and spread over the last 30 years with small numbers of cranes now also regularly breeding in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Yorkshire and North East Scotland.

You can find more information about the project at

Return of the cranes from The RSPB on Vimeo.
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