This is an extraordinary-looking bird of lakes and marshes, but much bigger than most. Spoonbills are white, heron-size birds with massive, spoon-shaped beaks that they sweep from side to side in the water, snapping up small aquatic creatures. Like the black-winged stilts (below), they’re
expected to move north in search of wetter habitats. The RSPB has been planning ahead, designing parts of Wallasea Island nature reserve in Essex to accommodate them.