Since July 2010 I have been involved in a project to return the Crane to its old haunts of the Somerset Levels. Cranes bred in Norfolk in the 1980s for the first time since the 1600s and now have a small population that is growing. The Great Crane Project aims to create another viable breeding population in the south west. Over the next five years, about twenty-five cranes per year will be set free on the levels to build a self-sustaining group. This year's release group are now free-flying and make a thrilling sight as they move over the flat landscape.