Least Bittern
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Status: Rare

Habitat: Shallow wetland, nests on standing vegetation

Water: habitat reduction, more exposed to predation, reduction in food supply

Erosion: habitat reduction

Succession: requires robust, tall emergent vegetation

Gulls: competition for food, feed on eggs

Recommendation: maintain shallow wetland, research causes of nest failure