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The bittern continues to boom

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Regular readers may recall that we went to the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve earlier this year and were lucky enough to see a bittern (albeit only poorly photographed by me!).  This is the loudest bird in the UK and quite a rare sight, with nearby Leighton Moss being one of the few places in the country where you might be as lucky as we were. Anyway, according to today’s news on the BBC website, the bittern is going from strength to strength and has reached 100 ‘booming’ males for the first time since its return to the UK back in 1911.  This might not sound like a great number but is quite an achievement given that the bird was once extinct in the UK. (For a brief period this morning, it was also one of the top 10 read stories on the BBC website.) What conservationists have found particularly encouraging is that the bittern has clearly been able to survive, if not flourish, despite a rather severe winter last year.

RSPB Leighton Moss is just 30 minutes from Kendal.

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