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Cranes return to Britain and so, we hope, does Mark Coleman

While driving to Lymington today, I heard on the radio that the Common Crane was native to Britain. They were hunted and their eggs taken for food, despite a 16th century law protecting them. About 400 years ago, the last crane was killed near Norwich.

In 1979 two cranes returned to Britain, warily, no doubt, and in 1982 raised a young crane. There are now about 45 of them around the Norfolk Broads, and they have been warmly welcomed.

It occurred to me that a Brit such as Mark Coleman who has returned to Britain ought to be welcomed in the same way. In Ireland, even if you and your parents were born outside the country, if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland you may claim Irish citizenship and return to Ireland to live.