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Newport Wetlands: Rare bitterns breeds for first time in over 200 years

One of the UK’s most rare and threatened bird species has successfully bred in Wales for the first time in more than 200 years. 

Bittern chicks have fledged from two separate nests at the Newport Wetlands nature reserve, a unique site made up of wet grasslands, reedbeds, saltmarsh and saline lagoons.

Bitterns are a type of heron which live exclusively in reedbeds. 

The species was once thought to be extinct in the UK.

Kevin Dupé, from Natural Resources Wales, who manage the site in partnership with RSPB Cymru and Newport City Council, has worked at the reserve for more than 19 years.

He said: “To see bitterns nesting at Newport Wetlands is a truly wonderful sight, and a real achievement for those of us who have been involved ved in habitat conservation at the site for a long time

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