Little egret chicks make their county debut

Little egret chicks. Picture by Iain Robson
Little egret chicks. Picture by Iain Robson
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Two little egret chicks have been successfully reared at Druridge Pools, marking a first for the county.

The adult pair of birds, a graceful heron species, nested at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust reserve this summer and the two young egrets fledged last week.

Trust Head of Conservation Steve Lowe said: “Little egrets are increasingly being seen on ponds and riverbanks in Northumberland, but this is the first time they have been known to breed in the county so staff are delighted that the birds chose one of our reserves to raise their brood.”