Bitterns and herons (Ardeidae)
Where to see them
A recent colonist, it is most common along the south and east coasts of England, and in Wales. The estuaries of Devon and Cornwall; Poole Harbour and Chichester Harbour hold some of the largest concentrations and they are also common in East Anglia. They are an increasingly common sight in inland areas too and are gradually increasing their range northwards here.
When to see them
All year round, although numbers incease in autumn and winter as birds arrive from the Continent.
What they eat
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