March 27, 2012 10.34 am This story is over 114 months old

Watch herons nest in Hartsholme Park

Nesting birds: People are being invited to watch herons nest in one of the Lincoln’s parks over the Easter holidays.

Baby herons from last year’s nesting season, taken through one of the spotter scopes

Nesting season for the Hartsholme Park herons is back, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be helping people to follow it.

The herons like to nest in the trees on the lake’s island, so the RSPB will let people use binoculars and telescopes to see the baby birds.

The annual Heron Watch event is part of the RSPB’s Date With Nature, taking place on 11am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays from March 31 to April 15, and Good Friday and Easter Monday.

RSPB volunteers will also be around to answer any questions about the herons and local birds.

Senior Conservation Ranger at Hartsholme Country Park Ruth Simons said: “This event has been running for the past three years and has proved a success every year.

“Last year an estimated 70 people visited the RSPB marquee every day, including visitors from as far afield as Cornwall, Kent and Lancashire.

“Excellent views can be had of the adult birds and their young chicks from the RSPB marquee, so it is well worth a visit.”

The event is run by the City of Lincoln Council. In addition to the Hartsholme Park watch, residents can also watch the falcons nest on Lincoln Cathedral.

For more information, contact the Visitor centre 01522 873577, or visit the RSPB Date With Nature page.

Source: City of lincoln Council | Photo: Mick Talbot

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