German shepherd climbs steep stairs Cranes landed,The Eurasian Crane is one of the most abundant of the fifteen crane species in the world with a total world population of around 400,000 birds. Their breeding range is a wide band that stretches from North West Europe east through Russia, over the Ural mountains, through Mongolia, northern China and ends in eastern Siberia.
In continental Europe the population now numbers around 300,000 and has been increasing for over thirty years, mainly as a result of changes in farming practice that have provided an abundance of food during the winter and along the cranes’ migration routes. This has led to increased winter survival and improved condition of the birds on return to their breeding grounds. Cranes previously bred in western continental Europe, much like they did in the UK, but declines set in around the same time as they disappeared from the UK – 400 years ago. They no longer breed in Portugal, Italy or Spain, and had been absent as a breeding birds from France , Holland and the western half of Germany for a long period of time.
Islands on the Northern (Baltic) coast of Germany to the east of Denmark and mainland sites to the west of Stralsund.
The most important roost and staging post for cranes in central Europe with cranes from Scandanavia, Finland, and Poland gathering from the beginning of August prior to migration south in November.
Between 25,000 and 60,000 cranes have been recorded annually with peak in late October. Recent counts more around 40,000.
Spring migration peak in March with 5,000 – 10,000 cranes.
Home of the Crane Information Centre in Groβ Mohrdorf, 14km to the NW of Stralsund. The Crane Information Centre is run by Kranichschutz Deutschland (Crane Protection Germany).