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Herons on show to trail walkers
Little Egret
Walkers will be able to see the egrets in their natural habitat
A new walking trail taking in the UK's largest colony of herons and egrets has opened in Kent.

The Heron Trail is a three-mile circular walk based around the RSPB's Northward Hill National Nature Reserve on the Hoo Peninsula.

It has required the installation of new stiles and bridges and a new viewpoint to see the herons.

Visitors to the site on Sunday will be offered free minibus tours, with RSPB staff and volunteers also on hand.

Panoramic views

Alan Johnson, manager of RSPB Northward Hill, said the herons and egrets were something for Kent to be proud of.

"The Heron Trail also has nightingales and bluebells, and the most fabulous panoramas across the North Kent Marshes," he said.

Other guided walks to see the herons are planned on Sundays in March, April and May.

The herons are present in the colony from late February to early September.

The RSPB is also collaborating with Medway Council to relaunch the 16-mile Heron Cycling Trail later this year on the Hoo Peninsula.

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