Booming bittern heard over Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster

A Bittern seen in flight at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.

A Bittern seen in flight at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.

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The distinctive sound of a bittern has been heard booming at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve at the start of the year.

This much loved bird – a relative of the heron – is normally heard at the start of spring. Trust site manager, Andy Dalton, said: “It has been an exciting few years at Potteric Carr as bitterns have begun to nest. We usually hear male bitterns in spring and early summer, but to hear one at the start of January is exceptional.”