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Welcome to The Norfolk Cranes’ Story

John Buxton and Chris Durdin

This book – published in July 2011 – tells the story of how cranes bred at Horsey in Norfolk, and how they were protected and studied there.

Cranes in flightThe cranes’ story starts with their arrival at Horsey in 1979. Their first nesting attempt was in 1981 and the first chick fledged in 1982.

From this slow start in the Broads, the re-colonisation of this iconic wetland bird is now taking small but steady steps forwards elsewhere in the UK.

Their guardian at Horsey was John Buxton. Much of what we know about cranes in the UK was contained in John’s memory and notebooks.

The co-author is Chris Durdin from Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays and for many years on the RSPB's staff. With John providing the information and Chris doing the writing, this was how the book was completed.

"Quite simply, it is splendid." Mike Everett in British Birds, September 2011. See reviews.

"... a heartening and enthralling narrative." Richard Mabey in BBC Wildlife. See reviews.

"... an interesting and inspiring read."
Broads Society, Harnser, January 2012.

"... entertainingly relayed ... a definitive account of their story has long been overdue and this book fills the gap admirably.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

BTO: "The combination of clear readable prose and the relaxed familiarity of the authors with their subject makes the Cranes’ story interesting for all readers".
See web reviews.

WWT: "an excellent new book". See reviews.

About the book: more here>.

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News and reviews

News here; reviews here.

Signed copies: two copies signed by John Buxton as well as Chris Durdin have re-surfaced. Offers are invited; see buy the book.

Cranes book contributes £200 to NWT appeal to buy freehold of Hickling nature reserve: more in news.

'Cranes and Hickling Broad' - a Norfolk Wildlife Trust blog by Chris Durdin (November 2016).

Record number of cranes in the UK, 2016. See news.

Cranes nest in south Wales. Three crane chicks fledge at the RSPB's Lakenheath Fen, summer 2016. See news.

Cranes' story on BBC Countryfile, February 2016: more in news.

Crane on 'amber list'; cranes are fledged in Somerset for the first time. More in news 2015.

Cranes in Gallocanta

Cranes in Gallocanta, Spain, and 139,000 in Extremadura: see news.

A personalised book as a present? Contact us.

Talks about The Norfolk Cranes' Story: see news. See also Cranes on film.

Horsey cranes 2011-2013. See news.

John Buxton 1927-2014.
See news.

Madeira firecrestThe 1982 male (left) and 1983 female (right)

Available in the USA and Germany: see Buy the book.

Cranes and the book in the RSPB's Birds magazine, spring 2012: reviews and news.

The Norfolk Cranes' Story was shortlisted for the Eastern Daily Press / Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards. More here>.

Jarrold best seller! No 1 in the chart. More here>.

Information for bookshops: more here>.

Updated January 2017