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Rare birds breed in Somerset

Rare cattle egrets have bred successfully in Somerset. Credit: RSPB

Rare cattle egrets have bred successfully in Somerset. It is only the second time ever that this has happened in the UK.

The exotic birds are members of the heron family and have adopted a 70-acre wetland at Ham Wall nature reserve near Glastonbury.

The site is also home the majority of the UK's breeding great white egrets, another bird that has colonised the UK in the past five years.

There have been five nests of cattle egrets on site, producing 11 youngsters.