Erith Marshes is known for playing host to interesting wildlife, and over the weekend an extremely rare bird was spotted by keen animal lovers.

It is estimated that there are only 35 Great White Egrets present from October to March last year, but lucky birdwatchers could spot one at the marshes this weekend.

Donna Zimmer, part of the group Friends of Crayford Marshes, rushed over to the area after finding out the bird was there through the group's Facebook page.

She said: "I was so excited to observe this large white and elegant bird just casually wading around our Erith Marshes right beside Grey Herons, Little Egrets and other waders. It really stood out not only because of its size but with its attractive yellow bill and long black legs. A wonderful reminder to us all of how precious and valuable our marshes really are for wildlife."

According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the birds are becoming more frequent in the UK, but there were still only 35 in the country during the winter last year.

The birds favour wetland habitats, so the marshes would be ideal for them.

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