The Welney Wetland centre in Norfolk is celebrating after the common crane Grus grus bred there for the first time since arriving in March.

The chicks are only about 6 inches tall but are quickly able to walk, swim and run.

Sightings of the normally shy birds have become more regular in recent years, 30 were spotted at the centre last Autumn.

A pair of cranes Credit: WWT, Kim Tarsey

'The area of wetlands that the cranes have chosen to nest on is less than ten years old, and was previously arable farmland.

Leigh Marshall, Centre Manager
Crane and chick. Credit: WWT, Roger Rawson

‘The cranes have done well to protect the eggs from the cold, wet weather we have had this spring.

Hetty Grant, Warden