West Midland Bird Club

Ladywalk Reserve Wintering Bitterns

Eurasian Bitterns, (Botaurus stellaris, also known as Great Bittern) have over-wintered at our Ladywalk Reserve in most of the years since we took on its management, with as many as four present at a time.

Recent reports may not have been verified by the Warwickshire county recorder, to whom news of further sightings should please be sent.

[Link to large version of picture of Bittern].

2010/2011

2009/2010

2008/2009

2007/2008

2006/2007

2005/2006

2004/2005

2003/2004

2002/2003

2001/2002

2000/2001

[Link to large version of picture of Bittern (5 February 2003)]

1999/2000

1998/1999

1997/1998

1996/1997

1995/1996

1993/1994

1992/1993

1988/1989

1987/1988

1983

1982

1979

Information supplied by Steve Cawthray (Ladywalk Reserve Hon. Warden)

[1^] The RSPB's ‘Bittern Monitoring Group’ visited Ladywalk twice during the 200/2001 winter, but could not pick up the signal from the tagged bird's radio transmitter, which, presumably, had stopped working. They said it was most probably a tagged bird from Minsmere or Leighton Moss, the former being favourite as most Bitterns are tagged there.

Ladywalk Nature Reserve lies on the site of the old Hams Hall power station, situated in the valley of the River Tame, in the borough of North Warwickshire, England, some ten miles from Birmingham city centre, at grid reference SP212917 *.