Name: Grey Heron
Scientific name: Ardea cinerea
Nature Stars: 40
About: A tall, often solitary bird, the heron is one of Britain's most familiar birds. Feeds mainly on fish, but also eats small mammals (even moles!), waterbirds (sometimes up to the size of a coot) and crayfish. A familiar sight, stood patiently hunting fish f
How to identify: Easily recognised. Flies with long legs stretched out but neck pulled in.
Where: Found throughout the countryside, wherever there are fish to eat.
Fantastic fact: Herons nest in colonies called heronries, often in the top of trees where they make their large nests out of twigs.
Photograph credit: Stuart McDonald