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Rare birds set to make comeback

Staff at the reserve hope to see more bitterns on the site

A nature reserve in Suffolk has seen a recovery in the numbers of bitterns.

There are now believed to be two pairs of the rare birds at the RSPB Lakenheath Fen reserve. Last year the RSPB recorded just 55 males in the UK.

Norman Sills, the site manager at the reserve, said he hoped that the birds would go on to breed.

"We hope that Lakenheath Fen will eventually be able to hold five to seven pairs - we're just on the first step of that ladder," Mr Sills said.

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