The Grey Heron is one of a family of birds (herons), and is the one most commonly seen in the UK.
It’s the common name for members of a family of tall wading birds of the stork order. These include bitterns, boatbills and egrets. In addition there is the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) found in N America and the Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) found in northern Mediterranean (though there are records of some being found in Northern Shropshire) There are 60 types of herons.
The Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) is the one which concerns us here at Ellesmere. It is about 1 metre tall and weighs approximately 2kg. They can reach speeds of 50 km/h. The adult’s head plume (long feathers at the top of the head) measures about 10-20 cm, growing with age.