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Rare Bird Found In Wales

Posted on 22. June, 2010.

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A pair of birds - whose nearest relatives live in the high-altitude bamboo forests of Asia – have been found at RSPB Conwy nature reserve in Llandudno Junction in North Wales.

Two bearded tits were found in the reedbed at the reserve on Monday afternoon (26 April) by local birdwatchers.  It is the first time that the bird has been seen at RSPB Conwy, and more than 40 years since the species bred in North Wales.

The RSPB has been creating and restoring reedbeds in north Wales for the last decade, and this is one of the special birds that we hoped would one day move in,” says site manager Julian Hughes. “Whether this proves to be the start of colonisation, only time will tell.”

Bearded tits are a type of babbler and, despite the name, not related to blue tits and great tits that are common in the UK. Numbers crashed in the 20th century following wetland drainage and cold winters. There are currently around 550 breeding pairs in the UK.