Once just a visitor to the South of England, this pure white Mediterranean bird from the heron family has started to nest and stay over winter here in the UK. Scientists believe this is due to the effects of global warming and our increasingly mild winters. The Egrets at Wildwood nest and raise chicks in the late spring. Wild egrets often come and stay on or near the wildfowl enclosure. The birds have pure white plumage, long gray legs and bill, and tufts of white feathers on head and back. They are wading birds and eat small fish amphibians and crustaceans.