For the purposes of our bird news services, this species is classed as Local: generally fairly regular or common species that a 'county lister' or a birding beginner might be interested in going to see. (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance.)
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European breeding populations (31)
Bittern breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country, and a map of population densities):
Albania Austria Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Italy Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Moldova Netherlands Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Turkey Ukraine
Extinct in the UK at the turn of the 20th century, over 150 male Eurasian Bitterns have been recorded on territory in the country this spring, making it a true success story for British conservation. read on
Recently the RSPB published a booklet charting the recovery of some of the UK's rarest breeding birds. The first of these looks at the Bittern. read on
Lincolnshire birder Dean Eades was determined to obtain some good shots of Bitterns in his home county this summer. The results were impressive. log in
Bitterns: Winter Status 2002/03
During the winter numbers of Bitterns are supplemented by arrivals of continental birds. Winter 2002/03 has provided plenty of sightings throughout the UK. Find out how many have been seen and where, plus the best sites to see this fantastic heron whilst birds are still 'on show'. log in
Cold Snap Produces Exceptional Numbers of Bitterns
The post-Christmas freeze produced exactly the sort of conditions necessary for obtaining good prolonged views of Bitterns and between 1st and 21st January 2002 at least 88 birds were reported. log in
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