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Bittern seen in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire
Bittern
The RSPB say there are only around 75 male Bitterns in the UK

A bittern, one of the rarest birds in this country, has been seen in Worcestershire.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds estimate that there are only between 50 and 150 bitterns wintering in the UK.

The lone bittern has been living and feeding on the River Teme, at Tenbury Wells, since 7 December.

Danny Arnold, from the Teme Valley Wildlife Trust said: "I'm sure I won't see this again in my lifetime."

The bittern is part of the Heron family, and the main population is found in the reed beds of East Anglia.

Bittern
The male Bittern has a distinctive booming call

This habitat, and the small number of birds, means that sightings are extremely rare.

Danny Arnold believes the lone bittern may have come to the area with other migrating birds, like the waxwings that have come to Worcestershire recently.

He says there have been many sighting of the bittern, which is feeding on the Shropshire side of the River Teme, and using the small islands that are near the main river bridge in Tenbury Wells.




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