Eurasian Crane

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.

Eurasian cranes also known as common cranes have suffered from habitat loss and fragmentation over their large breeding range which stretch from northern and western Europe across to eastern Siberia.  Nest predation and nest disturbance is also a threat

Changes in land use, agricultural expansion and loss of many smaller foraging and roosting sites have all affected the Eurasian crane.  During migration hunting and illegal shooting pose a significant threat.

Encroachment due to urbanisation, tourism and recreation can lead to nest disturbance and egg loss.



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.

Since 2010 the Project concentrated on reintroducing healthy young birds to the release site on the Somerset Levels and Moors, the Project aims to have 100 birds released by 2015.



You can support our work with Eurasian cranes by animal adoption.