Pollutants in Great Bitterns

01 January 1994
Comments Main paper Within its localised reed-bed habitat, the Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris has declined in Britain in recent decades, even though its main breeding haunts are protected as reserves (Day & Wilson 1978; Smith & Tyler 1993). The reasons for the d...
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Mystery photographs

01 February 1985
Comments Main paper  It is late in the year and you are sitting alone in a hide overlooking an area of pools, reedbeds arid small bushes. Suddenly, as if by magic, a large bird materialises at the edge of a nearby reedbed. The combination of large size, thick, p...
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01 December 1981
Comments Letters Wintering Bitterns in Britain The recent paper by Dr C. J. Bibby on wintering Bitterns Botaurus stellaris in Britain (Brit. Birds 74: 1-10) illustrated that the population is supplemented in winter by immigration to this country of Bitterns fro...
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Wintering Bitterns in Britain

01 January 1981
Comments Main paper The Bittern Botaurus stellaris currently numbers less than 50 pairs in Britain and is becoming scarcer (Day & Wilson 1978). It has long been known to be susceptible to severe winter weather (Riviere 1930), which may temporarily affect the populatio...
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Breeding Bitterns in Britain

01 July 1978
Comments Main paper The Bittern Botaurus stellaris was the first of six former breeding birds to recolonise Britain this century, preceding the next, the Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta, by 35 years. This paper draws together for the first time the rather scattered referenc...
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