A RARE bird has been spotted at an East Lancashire nature reserve.
The bittern is increasing in numbers in the North West because it is finding more places are like home, wildlife experts said.
Conservation work is creating corridors for bittern, a member of the heron family that spends most of its time in reed beds.
And the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is reporting success stories with this wonderful bird now becoming a regular visitor to its reserves.
Two bittern returned to Brockholes in Samlesbury this week, it is believed to be the fifth time they have settled at the six-year-old reserve.
Bittern are regular visitors to Wigan Flashes and when young birds appeared it was thought to be proof that they have bred. Recent records show that they have only bred at the RSPB’s Leighton Moss in recent years.