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Common Crane (WW125)

Common Crane (WW125)

Product ref: 3007058

Price: £2.75 £2.00

A WWT Eco-friendly card: made from responsibly managed forests (FSC®), vegetable-based inks, recycled paper envelopes, compostable outer slips.

size 160mm X 160mm
blank inside

The common crane is one of Europe’s largest birds with a wingspan of 1.8–2.2 metres. Elegant and stately, the common crane was once a familiar sight in the British Isles. Sadly, overhunting and the draining of wetlands caused their extinction 400 years ago. WWT is among organisations working on an exciting project to restore a healthy population of wild cranes to Somerset.

Cranes are famous for their spectacular courtship dances and they usually mate for life. It is this reputation for fidelity that is perhaps at the heart of some of the many myths inspired by the crane. In Japan it is a popular symbol at wedding ceremonies, not only representing loyalty but also good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years (cranes are indeed very long-lived, and can reach ages greater than 70 years in captivity).