Where to see them
It is found across the UK although is largely absent from upland areas. Look for it wherever there are suitable lakes, gravel pits, canals and slow rivers with plenty of vegetation. In winter it can be found on more exposed lakes, as well as sheltered coasts and estuaries. Winter concentrations can be found in places like the Thames Estuary, Chew Valley Lake and Rutland Water.
When to see them
All year round.
What they eat
Insects, larvae and small fish
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
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