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

Win­ter sight­ings of this large heron have in­creased greatly over the last 30 years – as many as 35-40 birds now spend the colder months over here, and in 2012 a pair even bred at Shap­wick Heath in Som­er­set. Fur­ther breed­ing is surely on the cards, as more and more birds ar­rive in south­ern and east­ern Eng­land from main­land Europe, and they can turn up on any sort of wet­land or watery habi­tat, in­clud­ing ditches and small ponds.

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