Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

This small white heron, with black legs and bill, and yellow feet, is one of the reasons the Tamar Estuaries are protected. Although there is a small population here all year round, numbers swell in late autumn as they migrate to the area’s feeding grounds, where they feast on small fish and crustaceans. Classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.

Designated as a feature of the Special Protection Area (SPA)