Population of cranes is flying high...
THE UK’s tallest bird – the common crane – has reached a record high number since it made a comeback here in 1979.
There are estimated to be over 200 of them across the nation, the latest survey reveals.
The 4ft tall bird had become extinct in the UK around 400 years ago.
Damon Bridge, who chairs the UK Crane Working Group, said: “The crane population is rapidly expanding.
“Although climate change poses a huge challenge, opportunities to restore peatlands and floodplains to reduce carbon emissions and better manage flood risk can go hand in hand with the delivery of habitats perfect for cranes and other wetlands species.”