B is for Bittern

The Bittern is both a local resident and winter visitor to Suffolk. Usually found in the marshland or wetlands, it is difficult to see but can often be heard. It has brown feathers that allows it to blend into the surroundings. The Bittern was practically extinct in East Anglia around 1850 however numbers have been growing since around 1911 and it is now a protected species in Britain.  It would eat insects, small fish and amphibians that can also be found in the wetlands.

It can now be seen more regularly at the RSPB Minsmere and Leighton Moss (Lancashire). Recently, a rare American Bittern was spotted at Carlton Marshes which sparked an influx of birdwatchers to the area of the Suffolk broads. In April, Suffolk Wildlife Trust was awarded a grant of £4,063,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the expansion of Carlton Marshes. This will be the largest habitat restoration and wetland creation the National Park will have seen in years.