LIT­TLE EGRET

Bird Watching (UK) - - 30 Years Of Birdwatching -

One of the most amaz­ing suc­cess sto­ries over the life­time (to date) of Bird Watch­ing. At its launch, 30 years ago, Lit­tle Egret was still a rar­ity in this coun­try (though plen­ti­ful in south­ern Europe), though just a few years later the in­va­sion was be­gin­ning. By the early 1990s, a few birds had in­fil­trated Grey Heron colonies in a sort of mock­breed­ing. A few years later, when Eng­land reached the semi-fi­nal of Euro 1996 (which we were host­ing), the first pair of Lit­tle Egrets was nest­ing on Brownsea Is­land, Dorset. Fast for­ward an­other 20 years and Lit­tle Egrets are a fa­mil­iar sight for many of us, es­pe­cially in the south­ern half of the coun­try. There are now some 4,500 win­ter­ing birds and 660-750 breed­ing pairs.

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