Wildlife programme hit by volcanic ash crisis
It is not just humans being affected by the volcanic ash cloud that has brought flights across Europe to a standstill.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, based in Slimbridge, says plans to bring back the eggs of wild cranes for a project to re-introduce the birds in Britain have been hit by the air travel ban.
The eggs are being collected in Germany as part of the Great Crane Project run jointly by RSPB, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, they will be hatched and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge before being introduced back into the wild in Somerset.
Great Crane Project Manager Damon Bridge told Heart they are now having to drive back and face a race against time: