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October 2019

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Booming year for Britain's loudest bird

This year the RSPB is celebrating the bitterns' best year since records began, with over 100 male booming bitterns recorded on the charity's reserves for the first time and almost 200 across the UK. Booming was reported from five new sites. Although the number of confirmed booming males in Somerset dropped from 55 to 48 boomers, record levels were noted in the Fens.