Conservationists at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire have set up a round-the-clock guard to protect the first crane egg laid in the South West in over 400 years.
Hunting and the loss of wetlands drove cranes to extinction in Britain.
For the last three years, the Great Crane Project has been rearing the birds in captivity and reintroducing them to the West Country.
The egg at WWT Slimbridge is the first known to be laid by cranes released by the project.
Bird spotters are able to see the male and female cranes taking turns at sitting on the nest.
A group of young cranes have started building nests in our region - the first time they've done so in 400 years.
They were hatched and reared by people dressed as adult birds. They taught the birds skills to survive in the wild at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, then they were moved to a temporary enclosure on the Somerset Levels.
Now some of them have flown back to Slimbridge, from where Ken Goodwin reports:
A pair of cranes are nesting at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire. It's the first time in 400 years that wild cranes have bred in the UK.
The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust is seeing more young Bewick's swans fly into Slimbridge leading to fresh hope for the threatened speciesRead the full story ›
The largest Bewick's swan family ever recorded has arrived at the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire.
'Everton', and his new mate 'Rovers' have brought their six cygnets with them. They've joined 200 more of the threatened wild swans after a 2,500 mile journey from arctic Russia.
It may be "seven swans-a-swimming" in the carol but Slimbridge has gone one up!
A wild duck has caused a stir in Slimbridge by hatching a brood of ducklings completely out of season.
You'd normally expect to see these mallard youngsters in the spring and summer months. The ducklings are thought to be only two-days-old. Over the next couple of weeks they will grow quickly and develop feathers.
This amazing video shows the operation to move a flock of flamingos to a new home at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire.
Video courtesy of WWT Slimbridge
More than 300 school children are being given the chance to go pond dipping at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands TrustRead the full story ›
A group of disadvantaged school children from Gloucester will get closer to nature today when they visit Slimbridge Wetland Centre. It's part of the 'Inspiring Generations Appeal' run by Western Power which aims to introduce youngsters to the natural world.
The funding from Western Power is expected to allow nearly 350 children to take part in the scheme in the coming months.
Find out more about Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
A batch of rare cranes has hatched at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.
The new arrivals are part of a breeding programme to introduce cranes onto the Somerset Levels. Some very unusual methods are used, as Tanya Mercer has been finding out: