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John Buxton MBE 1927-2014 was a naturalist, wildlife film-maker and crane enthusiast from the time the cranes arrived at Horsey in 1979. He was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to conservation in Norfolk.


Chris Durdin worked for the RSPB for 30 years, most of this time at the Society’s regional office in Norwich. His roles there included conservation officer, spokesman and helping with crane protection in the early years. He now runs Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays.

Chris Durdin

Chris Durdin

Dr Nick Upton trained as a zoologist and was series researcher on David Attenborough’s ‘Trials of Life’ series for the BBC, before writing and producing many wildlife films for broadcasters around the world, and working with the RSPB Film and Video Unit on three films about cranes. He's also an award-winning stills photographer, much published in books and major magazines including National Geographic and BBC Wildlife.

Nick Upton - watching cranes

Nick Upton

John Buxton

John Buxton (Natural England)



Nick Upton's photos: many of Nick's photographs are on the Nature Picture Library (www.naturepl.com) and RSPB Images (www.rspb-images.com).

Nick's blog and photos, 'Crane encounters on the Somerset Levels', April 2012 and January 2012

Some photos of flamingos by Nick here.