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Chatter box The elusive bittern, which was once extinct in the UK, has enjoyed a record year. Thanks to an EU conservation programme, more bitterns were recorded this year than any other since the 1800's.

As bitterns are shy and well-camouflaged, they are difficult to find. For this reason, their numbers are calculated by the number of males heard making their characteristic "booming" sound. In 1997, when the bittern project began, just 11 booming males were heard at seven sites. In 2014, this number rose to 140 across 61 sites. RSPB's director of conservation Martin Harper said: "The bittern success story should give hope that it is possible to recover threatened species and that it makes sense to protect the laws that protect nature." (Image Wikimedia Commons/US Fish & Wildlife Service/CC BY-2.0)  Chatter box

Avian flu confirmed in Washington

The US Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom Country, Washington.

Two separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5NZ in northern pintail ducks and HPAI H5N8 in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed-hunter-killed wild birds.

The US Department of Agriculture say that neither virus has been found anywhere in the US and no human cases with these viruses have been detected. There is no immediate public health concern with either of these avian flu viruses.

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