Sir David Attenborough’s effect on welcome return of bitterns and work of RSPB – The Yorkshire Post says

IT is a tribute to all conservationists – and also the enduring Sir David Attenborough effect on ornithology and wildlife – that the graceful elegance of bitterns can be seen again in Yorkshire after these beautiful birds were threatened with extinction.

The return of bitterns to Yorkshire has prompted much curiosity.
The return of bitterns to Yorkshire has prompted much curiosity.

New-found public awareness about the importance of all environmental issues has clearly helped to boost the work of the RSPB at its special sites across Yorkshire, and further afield, so bitterns – and other species that were at risk of being lost to Britain – can thrive once more.

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And while there’s much to do in maintaining the cleanliness of the waters where rare birds have their habitats – hence the public’s recent anger in the political storm over the discharge of raw sewage – the latest sightings of bitters in this region gives added impetus to the RSPB ahead of its Big Garden Birdwatch at the end of this month when a far clearer picture will emerge about the health and wellbeing of UK wildlife.

The return of bitterns to Yorkshire has prompted much curiosity.

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Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.