Bittern numbers booming across the UK

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One of the UK’s rarest birds is booming again across the country. The beautiful bittern, was once considered extinct in the UK, but now conservationists believe their population is at a record high. Found in wetlands, the bittern is a master of camouflage, conservationists have been able to count the birds by recording their incredibly loud, foghorn like, boom call.

The bittern was at serious risk of extinction in the 1990s, the rise in their population has been because of intensive conservation efforts from a number of groups that have focused on protecting their preferred habitat. Eastern England is still the best place to see and hear bitterns, however other areas such as Somerset and the East Midlands are also good spots to find this elusive bird. Having heard bitterns myself, at Rutland Water, I will definitely attest that is a wildlife experience unlike any other in the UK, and they are a bird that is well worth making the effort to see/hear. They are a fantastic example of how conservation can work successfully and save a species that at one time seemed doomed to extinction.

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Connel Bradwell
Award winning wildlife educator, wildlife blogger, vlogger & co-founder of a youth conservationist network. I am based in the East Midlands and Vancouver Island, Canada! Avid birder and conservationist who is working on research projects on cetaceans and migratory birds. I consistently write on my blog www.talkofthewild.net, add videos to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCa_8u9Lj13-NdPj5YNDkjA & you can also find me on Twitter or Instagram @connelbradwell!
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