Latest press release from Lancashire Wildlife Trust just in - about a boomer quite close by:
Lonely Bittern takes Wigan Flashes to the Premier League
One of the rarest birds in Britain has made its home at Wigan Flashes, thanks to the work of Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Wigan Council.
The bird, a male Bittern, can regularly be heard booming its mating call across the waters. It is one of only fifty recorded in the whole of Britain and is a heron-like bird, but mottled brown to disguise it in the reedbeds that are its home.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been working for over eight years, to improve the wetlands at Wigan Flashes and make them a more suitable habitat for wildlife. They have had support from local volunteers and from European "Life" funds, landfill tax credits and National Lottery grants. They are hoping that their Bittern's calls will soon be answered and that Wigan Flashes may hear the patter of tiny webbed feet next Spring.
Mark Champion, the Wigan Flashes Project Manager, said: Ã¢ÂÂThis is like a promotion to the Premiership. There are only 38 sites in Britain lucky enough to have booming bitterns, so we now have to work hard and continue this success into the futureÃ¢Â?.
pix: G. Workman, Wigan LCT
While I'm at it, here's a link to some video footage of Hen Harriers run by colleagues up in the north east on website Chronicle Live. Click here and here to watch them.
The footage comes from an RSPB security camera monitoring the nest.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...