July 23, 2020 5.00 pm This story is over 40 months old

First cranes breed at Lincolnshire nature reserve in 400 years

The first breeding attempt since the 16th century

Cranes have bred on a Lincolnshire nature reserve, which is a first for the county for about 400 years.

Willow Tree Fen, which is situated between Baston and Spalding, currently has two adults and a well grown chick on the reserve.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said it is the first breeding attempt in Lincolnshire since the 16th century.

The cranes are at Willow Tree Fen, which is situated between Boston and Spalding. Photo: Nick Williams

The trust said: “We are pleased that our vision to create new fenland habitat in this corner of the county is paying off.”

The reserve is still closed, but limited car parking is being provided off Counter Drain Drove to the west of Spalding with views over the reserve, although telescopes are recommended.