For weeks now I’ve struggled to come up with a definite number of breeding heron pairs’ nests at the heronry. I’ve looked at the heronry from all possible directions along the eastern bank of the River Stour, and from high up on Hoo Wood ridge, and I have tried photographing the individual nests. The final figure I’ve settled on is twenty occupied nests. The trees are greening up to the point where I don’t think I will better this number.
Some of the heron chicks are large and obvious, whilst others are less developed and crouched down in their nests.