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August 2014

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Bittern walking on edge of reedbed

Bittern Watch Point at Fishers Green, Lee Valley - volunteers sought

Paul Roper who works for the Lee Valley RPA sent us the following informatioin:-

You may or may not be aware of the Bittern Watch Point in the Lee Valley Park. If you have visited you will know this has been over the years a fantastic place to watch Bitterns in the winter as well as a range of other birds including many wildfowl, Water Rail and other species of birds.

In the summer there is a colony of Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls breeding and the chance to see many other special birds particularly Hobby, Cuckoo and other summer visitors.

The information point is manned by volunteers each weekend throughout the year and was initially an "Aren't birds brilliant" project in partnership with the RSPB. Unfortunately that ABB project ended and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority have been running the information point with its own volunteers for the last few years.

The site is very popular and can get quite busy at weekends when people come in to see birds and talk to the volunteers. We have recently put in electricity and CCTV showing people wildlife which is proving very popular and also a great way to engage with the public.

We are looking to build our team of volunteers and try to expand on the engagement work we are doing there.

Please contact Paul Roper if you are interested to learn more.

Paul Roper - Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager - Parklands and Venues
Direct: 01992 709845 Mobile: 07917 647552
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 9HG
Telephone: 01992 717711 Fax: 01992 709922