7:00am Monday 17th February 2014 in News
CAREFUL environmental planning by local fishermen has succeeded in attracting a rare species to the River Weaver.
The Guardian investigated after seeing reports on Winsford Anglers’ website that an elusive bittern had been spotted on a stretch of the waterway.
Club secretary and treasurer, Steve Beech, thought he’d spotted the tell-tale plumage of the mysterious, heron-like bird while fishing.
He immediately text club fisheries and conservation manager, Graham Bayliss.
“Receiving the text message was very exciting because these birds are extremely rare in Cheshire. I hoped the sighting was genuine,” said Graham, a keen wildlife enthusiast and nature photographer who confirmed the sighting and managed to capture some stunning photographs of the bird.