This year, wardens counted 140 booming Bitterns
, including 40 in Somerset where until recently no Bitterns
had bred for decades.
The reserve is run by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, where members have been boosted by the appearance of three rare bitterns
at the site over the winter.
Over the next three weeks the team will get up close with rare birds including marsh harriers, avocets and bitterns
as well as keeping a check on all our familiar favourites; red deer, badgers and those playful otters.
Pied-billed Grebes spend a majority of their time on open water, whereas bitterns
and rails spend their time in dense, tall stands of emergent vegetation (TMH, pers.
, one of Britain's rarest birds, will be protected by new scheme
Niall Hatch, of Birdwatch Ireland, said: "This is tremendously exciting news because bitterns
became extinct here in the mid-19th century.
Former winner Oscar Dewhurst, 17, chose bitterns
and took pictures of the wading birds around London parks.
Experts think there are just eight or nine bitterns
on reserves in East Anglia and three on a Lancashire reserve.
Farther into the marsh you may find snipe, Virginia rails, black-crowned night herons, and bitterns
HIDING in the reedbeds at the RSPB's Malltraeth Marsh are at least two Bitterns
, perhaps more.
We've not seen the bitterns
yet but on Sunday we were treated to the sight of a vixen feeding by the visitor centre.
HERON FACTFILE LATIN name : Ardea cinerea Family: Bitterns
and herons (Ardeidae) Where to see them: Around any kind of water - garden ponds, lakes, rivers - and even on estuaries.
surveys were conducted in recent years in high-priority wetlands in three Canadian provinces which enabled us to quantify occupancy dynamics of Least Bittern
and to analyze the effects of various factors on Least Bittern
With the Broads being Britain's largest nationally-protected wetland, cruising from our base at Wroxham, for example, opens up a vast network of reserves, taking you from the bitterns
of Barton Broad to the north, down to the wonderful waders of Berney Marshes and Breydon Water near Great Yarmouth, and further south to the hobbies, Cetti's warblers and marsh harriers of Carlton Marshes near Lowestoft, and much else in between.
A wide variety of birds including bitterns
, waders, warblers and marsh harriers are just waiting to be spotted.