ARE POTATOES STILL BEING GROWN FOR THE CRANES?
No. When the distilleries at Stora Bjurum and Dagsnäs disappeared, the potato cultivation also disappeared. For a few years after that, potatoes continued to be grown just for the cranes. However, this took too much effort.
Today the cranes are instead fed with grain grown in the area that is specially laid out for them. The barley grain is spread out in the fields in the evenings. Then the cranes have left the area, to spend the night on the lake. About 150 tonnes of barley grain are consumed during each crane season.
The cranes don’t eat all of it. Whooper swans, greylag geese, Eurasian coots, Eurasian wigeons, Eurasian teals, common wood pigeon and other birds also eat the barley.
The feeding is done primarily to reduce the damage that the cranes might otherwise cause on agricultural land. The cost of barley grain is financed, among other things, by the central government wildlife harm compensation grants. The parking fees from the visitors at Trandansen also goes to the feeding of the cranes. So remember to pay so that the cranes will be happy!