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Group: 
Birds

Rails are fresh water birds and found mainly on lakes but also on rivers. Often associated with reed beds.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus
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An elusive species of reed beds, not uncommon but seldom seen.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Andrews

Spotted Crake

Porzana porzana
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A breeding species in East Anglia and Scotland but seen in Dorset during migration.


 

 

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Internet Open Source

Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus
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A familiar species of fresh water habitats often seen feeding on land.


Coot

Fulica atra
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A familiar bird of lakes and open water, black with a prominent white cap


 

Crane

Grus grus
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Once extinct in the UK now subject to a reintroduction programme and are known to be resident now in Somerset.


 

 

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Internet Open Source