Birders flock to Attenborough to see squacco heron


A bird rarely seen in Britain is attracting hundreds of twitchers to a Nottinghamshire nature reserve.

The squacco heron was first seen at Attenborough Nature Reserve on Friday and more than 500 people travelled from across the country to see the juvenile bird over the weekend.

The heron is normally found in the Mediterranean or Middle East and is only seen in Britain about once every five years, said reserve spokesman Tim Sexton.

"It could be that it's taken a wrong turn on its migration route or it could have been caught up in strong winds," he said.

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