Grey Heron

Name: Grey Heron

Scientific name: Ardea cinerea

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

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.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 30
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 40

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

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