KEY SPECIES

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CRANE

The Crane (or Com­mon Crane, or Eurasian Crane), Grus grus, is the most wide­spread mem­ber of its genus, be­ing found across the Palearc­tic from Ibe­ria and the UK in the west, to east­ern Rus­sia in the east. In the UK, they are rare breed­ing birds, but rapidly ex­pand­ing, with a nest­ing pop­u­la­tion of about 50 pairs, mainly in East An­glia (in­clud­ing the RSPB sites of Lak­en­heath in Suf­folk and Nene Washes in Cam­bridgeshire). This bur­geon­ing pop­u­la­tion is be­ing sup­ple­mented by a rein­tro­duc­tion scheme cen­tred in the south-west of Eng­land: the­greatcrane­pro­ject.org.uk Num­bers are boosted some­what in the win­ter by birds from the con­ti­nent.

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