15:01, 20 Oct 2016
Local birdwatchers were sworn to secrecy as nestlings fledged this summer at RSPB Malltraeth - the first in Wales for 32 years
Bitterns successfully bred this summer at RSPB Malltraeth Marsh
A rare wading bird has nested on Anglesey more than two decades after a wildlife reserve was created specifically to lure it back to the island.
The reed-loving bittern, a type of heron, was last known to have bred in Wales at Valley on Anglesey in 1984.
Males are renowned for their remarkable booming mating call and in 2015 one was heard on Anglesey.
Now RSPB Cymru has confirmed a female nested and reared fledglings at RSPB Malltraeth Marsh this summer – the first time in Wales for 32 years.
The reserve’s site manager, Ian Hawkins, said RSPB Malltraeth Marsh was established in 1994 with the goal of attracting bitterns back to Wales.
“It’s been a long time coming!” he said.