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Crane at Pensthorpe

World-leading conservationist set to visit Pensthorpe

One of the world’s foremost conservationists has announced a visit to Norfolk to unveil his findings on the state of cranes worldwide.

Aviculturalist George Archibald will be hosting the special event at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, at 7:30pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.

The talk will present Archibald’s findings on the status of all 15 species of cranes of the world, including an update on how the Eurasian Crane are doing in the UK.
Archibald has dedicated over 50 years to the international conservation efforts for cranes. In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were on the brink of extinction, Archibald, along with his colleague Ronald Sauey Ph.D., established the International Crane Foundation (ICF).

Pesnthorpe George Archibald

Today, the ICF supports conservation projects in 45 countries.

Archibald is a conservation ambassador and, in recognition of his many accomplishments, has received six honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation and, in 2013, the Order of Canada on behalf of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Archibald is also a Trustee of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, a charity set up to create a centre of excellence in ecological restoration, promote sustainable farming and to research, breed and protect threatened species on site at Pensthorpe Natural Park.

Pensthorpe crane

Bill Jordan, owner of Pensthorpe Natural Park, comments: “George is the global authority on cranes worldwide so we are honoured to welcome his return to the reserve.

“He has dedicated his entire working life to protecting cranes and we are not only looking forward to hearing his latest findings but to attracting yet another leading name in the field of conservation to Norfolk.”

Pensthorpe Natural Park is home to four crane species including Eurasian Cranes and is a founding partner of The Great Crane Project, releasing this iconic species back in to the Somerset Levels. It is also common to see wild cranes frequently at Pensthorpe as they are attracted by the resident cranes.

The George Archibald event is from 7:30pm-9:30pm on Thursday 29 November 2018 and costs £5 per person for Pensthorpe members and £7 per person for non-members. The price includes interval tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Spaces are limited and booking is essential.

To book tickets please visit pensthorpe.