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Glossy ibis makes rare UK visit

Visitors to WWT London Wetland Centre were greatly excited by the arrival of a glossy ibis recently. The first of its kind to be recorded at the centre, glossy ibis are typically found in the south of France, southern Spain and in south-east Europe.

The muddy scrape at the Wetland Centre makes the perfect feeding ground for wading birds such as the ibis as it is rich with invertebrates to feed on. Visitors at the 105 acre wildlife reserve in Barnes, South London, got a great view of the ibis from their hides when it arrived.

“The management of the wader scrape over the past month has been focused on creating a habitat ideal for wading birds, through removing vegetation and manipulating water levels to create exposed muddy edges for the birds to feed on invertebrates,” said Jake Klavins, Reserve Warden. “It’s great to see the hard work has paid off and that birds are enjoying this habitat we’ve created for them.”

More migratory birds are expected at the centre over the next month, with waders, wintering waterfowl and pipits the most likely to be seen on this area of the reserve.

A Winter Bird Watching Walk will be held on Saturday 28 October offering the perfect opportunity to find out more about the birds on site. A warden will take visitors on a guided tour  around the wildlife reserve and give tips on field-craft and bird ID.

Tickets cost £20 per person and include breakfast at the Wetland Centre café. To book call 020 8409 4400 or visit www.wwt.org.uk/london for more information.

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