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Rare glossy ibis spotted at RSPB Frampton Marsh

The rare glossy ibis at RSBP Frampton Marsh. Photo by Neil Smith.

The rare glossy ibis at RSBP Frampton Marsh. Photo by Neil Smith.

A rare Mediterranean visitor has been spotted wading through the marshes at a local RSPB nature reserve.

The large glossy ibis bird is a rarely-seen visitor to the UK, but has been paddling around RSPB Frampton Marsh since Saturday, eating insects, worms and small fish.

Chris Andrews, visitor service officer at the reserve, said: “It is wonderful to see such a dramatic and unusual bird as this, and it just goes to show what a valuable resource for wildlife a place like Frampton Marsh can be. We hope the ibis stays for a long time and lots of people get to see it.”

He added: “The bird is related to herons and normally to be found in the Mediterranean, but there does appear to be a growing trend of them in the country. Worldwide, they are very widespread, covering all six continents.”

 

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