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From a secret start in a quiet corner of the Norfolk Broads, the re-colonisation of the UK by cranes is slowly but steadily underway. This book tells the story of how this iconic wetland bird first bred at Horsey. Their guardian there was - and is - John Buxton. Much of what we know about cranes in the UK is contained in his memory and notebooks.
John worked with Chris Durdin to put that knowledge and a selection of his many photos into this book. It makes a fascinating story and should help anyone involved in protecting cranes as, we hope, they slowly spread across the UK.
Part one, The Horsey Story tells the story of cranes at Horsey in John's words, as told to Chris. Much of this draws on John's memories and the many and detailed notebooks that John kept.
Added to these are the diaries, reports and recollections of others, such as Peter Allard, Mike Everett and several crane wardens.
The year-by-year accounts include elements of the story that are linked to that year. More general notes on behaviour and related subjects are in part two.
Part two, Cranes: History, Observations and Management includes a history of cranes in the UK, how 'Crane Country' was shaped, and information on land management as it affects crane habitats for breeding and feeding. Observations on their behaviour at Horsey show the time and energy that John Buxton and his team of wardens have dedicated to cranes. The difficulty of access into fens and the birds' secretive and sensitive nature make the observations made at Horsey especially valuable. We hope these will prove useful to land managers elsewhere in the UK as crane numbers increase.
Though this book is primarily about Norfolk's cranes, the common crane is the most widely distributed of the 15 crane species.
In part three, Cranes in Europe, Nick Upton describes the challenges facing cranes in the rest of Europe, charting their recent rise in numbers that has contributed to their reappearance in the UK.
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