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Aug-29-2008 @ 1:09 PM                           Permalink
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Hi

Good news about the local Bittern population from todays EDP .....

http://new.edp24.co.uk/content/news/story.aspx?brand=EDPOnline&category=News&tBrand=edponline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED28%20Aug%202008%2020%3A09%3A38%3A213


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What excellent news. May be i will get a chance to see one i keep looking.I think it is a caseof once you have seen one you nkow what you are looking for. lol It took me years to see the Kingfisher now i see them every where. Wink

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Mmmmm  I think the answer to that article is yes and no!!!! Certainly places like Minsmere are doing well and if you go there you are a little unlucky not to get at least a brief glimpse.

However on the Broads itself there is little real evidence of sustained recovery. This year in the Ant valely there was a goodly number of booming males but when it came to successful breeding, the numbers were well down into single figures. It is difficult to be precise because of the birds secretive nature but it would be interesting to see a guesstimate of the youngsters that successfully fledged - my guess is not very many at all!!!!

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I have only seen one this year.  That was at How Hill flying over the Ant and into the reeds on the west side.

Last year I manged to see 2 and heard them at both Hunsett Mill and South Walsham.

Would be nice to think they are increasing in numbers but like Marshman said, it will only be know it they fledge in numbers.

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And that Lord Paul was one of the few pairs that did indeed succeed!!!
Much to the delight of everyone a pair took up residence on Reedham Water and around Turf Fen Mill and were regularly seen by visitors on the trail at How Hill. Many people got to see a bittern for the first time and they were seen around that area. it was the first time that a pair had been seen here for many years and it was put down to a huge amount of work by volunteers in "closing" a breach in the riverbank just to the south of the mill!!
To my knowledge many hundred of sandbags went into this hole and many alder poles driven by hand to achieve this very end!!! Very pleasing!!!


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