BABY BOOM FOR BITTERN
The Bittern has experienced a baby boom, according to the RSPB. Counting these secretive herons by listening for the foghorn-like booming call of the male, RSPB scientists found at least 161 Bitterns at 76 different sites, an increase on last year’s figures. One highlight was the discovery of two nests at Otmoor in Oxfordshire, the first time Bitterns have been confirmed nesting at that site. The team also found the first Welsh nest for more than 30 years, at Malltraeth Marsh. The growth in numbers is largely due to the careful management and restoration of wet reedbeds.
161 booming Bitterns were counted at 76 sites this year, an increase on last year’s figures of 157 at 72 sites