The bird in question is the Black-tailed Godwit, a bird the RSPB’s Rebecca Lee has a soft spot for. She said: “To me they’re the bird of the Fens. They represent those wide-open watery landscapes and with their really long legs and particularly long bill, they’re one of our most charismatic waders.”
Black-tailed Godwits went extinct as a breeding bird in the UK in the 19th century when there was large-scale drainage of the wetlands in the Fens. Around 100 years ago they slowly began to return but their numbers have remained critically low ever since.
Today, three nature reserves in the Fens – RSPB Nene Washes, RSPB Ouse Washes and WWT Welney – are home to over 90% of the UK breeding population.