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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.
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: