We are hopeful that, one day, bitterns
will breed here," said Martin.
, heron-like birds which were once prized in medieval banquets, were considered extinct as a breeding species in the UK by the 1870s.
We are trying to manage the reserve habitat to encourage bitterns
to stay on and breed," said a society spokesman.
is just one of the birds the team will get to know
HOT SHOTS: Oscar's bittern
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, 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.
Also wintering at the marsh are the reclusive bitterns
, once one of Britain's most threatened birds.
He said the rescue package had benefited a wide range of other wildlife as well as turning around the fortunes of the UK's bitterns
A 50-YEAR project to restore and repair England's most damaged wetlands could encourage the spread of otters, bitterns
and other rare and threatened species, wildlife campaigners said today.
At the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, look for American bitterns
, green-winged teal or river otters on a wetland interpretive walk or listen for owls on a moonlit night hike.
A number of potential predator species were observed (Black-Crowned Night Herons, American Bitterns
, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Turtles and Bullfrogs) but the vast majority were Little Green Herons.
They play host to an array of unusual birds, including marsh warblers, bitterns
and bearded reedlings, and offer a unique opportunity for leisurely sailing and cruising.
In the early 1990s, conservationists feared that far fewer than a hundred Eurasian bitterns
survived in the wild in Britain.
Experts think there are just eight or nine bitterns
on reserves in East Anglia and three on a Lancashire reserve.