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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

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