A female crane who was a key breeding animal in a project to reintroduce the bird has been shot dead in Somerset.
The once-in-200-year Somerset floods forced a flock of cranes to spend more than two extra hours a day trying to find food.
Not one, but two crane chicks have been born in the wild and fledged for the first time in 400 years.
The parents were released onto the Somerset Levels three years ago and now, as Richard Payne reports, it's a move that's produced its first success stories.
Two crane chicks hatched at Slimbridge
A newly-hatched chick in Gloucestershire could be the first wild-born crane to survive in the west of Britain for 400 years.