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Monday, 6 September 2021

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Booming bittern bounce-back continues

At RSPB Dungeness in Kent, staff and volunteers carry out extensive habitat work each winter to help create the right conditions for bitterns. Their efforts are paying off as six booming males were heard at the reserve this year, believed to be a county record. Meanwhile, across Somerset, a total of 34 male bitterns were recorded this year - 16 of them at RSPB Ham Wall near Glastonbury. Other boomers were heard at the RSPB's West Sedgemoor and Greylake reserves, and at Natural England and Somerset Wildlife Trust reserves.

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