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‘Extremely rare’ bird spotted near Bolsover

Picture by Richard Taylor.
Picture by Richard Taylor.

An extremely rare bird has paid a visit to a nature reserve.

The Caspian tern was spotted at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Carr Vale Nature Reserve near Bolsover on Friday.

Picture by Richard Taylor.

Picture by Richard Taylor.

Nick Brown, of the trust, said: "We think there are only about 290 records of Caspian terns in the UK and most of these sightings have been coastal.

"It is extremely rare to see one in Derbyshire – this is only the ninth record. I was lucky enough to see one at Willington Gravel Pits in 1993.

"There's also been a Sabine's gull at the reserve since October."

Caspian terns are very large compared with other terns and have a carrot-coloured beak.

They nest in Scandinavia, around the Baltic, with others nesting much further east.