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Bittern Returns to Rye Meads

PUBLISHED: 15:40 02 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013

Bittern Returns to Rye Meads

Bittern Returns to Rye Meads

RSPB Rye Meads nature reserve, near Hoddesdon, is delighted to announce the first of the winter bitterns have returned to the reserve!

RSPB Rye Meads nature reserve, near Hoddesdon, is delighted to announce the first of the winter bitterns have returned to the reserve!


Just one week after 1,000 rudd, small silver fish, were released into the lagoon to provide much needed food for fish eating bird the first bittern has been seen at the reserve.


The bittern is one of the UKs rarest birds, and they over winter in the Lee Valley. Last year two bitterns were seen at the reserve fingers crossed we will get great views again this year!


Their plumage is one of natures greatest examples of camouflage. They have pale feathers with dark stripes, allowing them to melt into the background of their favoured habitat; rendering them virtually invisible in reedbeds.


Louise Moss, RSPB Information Officer says, 'Bitterns are amazing creatures, here at Rye Meads weve been making sure our reedbed are perfect habitats for them. Only last week we added 1000 rudd so the bitterns will have lots of food this winter! Keep an eye on the reedbeds; hopefully well have great views this year!'

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