What is a Bittern?
A rare and shy heron, the Bittern spends almost all its time hidden away in large reedbeds, where it feeds on eels and other fish. It is has wonderfully camouflaged plumage, helping it to blend into the reeds. It can also stand motionless for long periods to avoid detection.
This year (2020) has been especially special for bittern enthusiasts as the bittern arrived (or was seen) at Brockholes in late August; they are usually only seen towards the end of Autumn, heading towards November! They usually stay until around February time, so we hopefully there is plenty of time for you to spot the elusive character.
Classified as Amber in the UK Conservation status, there are said to be 80 male Bitterns breeding in the UK, with around 600 birds breeding here. It is thought there are between 21 and 29 thousand breeding pairs in Europe.