Great white egrets nest in UK for the first time


A pair of great white egrets are nesting in the UK for the first time in history at Natural England's Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve, Somerset.

Volunteers from Natural England, RSPB and Somerset Ornithological Society have been helping staff to protect the rare UK-visitors with 24 hour surveillance of the nest.

Activity on the site strongly suggests that the birds already have young and reserve staff hope to confirm a new species of breeding bird in the UK over the next few weeks.

This footage was filmed for the BBC Two series Springwatch by Richard Taylor-Jones and shows the first images of the nesting birds.

The egrets will feature in Springwatch, which begins on Monday 28 May at 2000 BST on BBC Two.

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