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Great White Egrets Breed in UK for First Time

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Great white egrets are breeding in the UK for the first time at a Somerset nature reserve. At least one chick has hatched at Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve, it has been confirmed, setting a new UK breeding bird record.

To have the egrets, a species of heron and rare visitors to the UK, breeding in the country was "incredibly exciting", manager Simon Clarke said. There have also been unconfirmed sightings of a second chick.

"It was a great sense of relief when we confirmed we have got at least one chick on the nest," Mr. Clarke told BBC Nature.

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