Bitterns and herons (Ardeidae)
Where to see them
As their name suggests, cattle egrets tend to associate with livestock as the animals' hooves disturb invertebrate prey. Most likely to be seen in the south of England and Wales. In winter 2007/2008, a large influx of cattle egrets occurred in the UK, with the largest numbers in south-west England, though birds did get as far north as Scotland. This influx led to the first ever pair breeding successfully - in Somerset.
When to see them
Could be seen at any time of year, though birds congregate in flocks during winter.
What they eat
Insects and worms
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