Good afternoon. I am very pleased to announce that bitterns are now starting to boom on the reserve!

The reserve team were out surveying yesterday morning and they head at least five, probably six males booming in the reedbed.

They started their survey bright and early at 4.50am and despite the fact that it was raining, the birds were still booming. The majority of them could be heard from the Reedbed Trail around the reserve.

If you would like to hear bitterns booming on the reserve, your best bet is to come and listen on a sunny and still morning or evening. Although they can be heard all day long, they are most vocal at dawn and dusk.

If you would like to find out more about the bitterns on the reserve, please ring: 01954 233260 or e-mail:; for more information.

I will leave you with a couple of pictures of these stunning birds:

Image credits: Dave Rogers

We hope to see you on the reserve soon!