Grey heron searching for tadpoles in bogbean pondweed - Stock Image

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Grey herons Ardea cinerea are unmistakeable as they wade through deep water, ever alert for a darting movement or a wriggle that reveals a fish, frog or tadpole. If it wasn't for the fish, would there be any herons? Mitcham Common, Surrey, UK.

Growing beyond the reeds is bogbean, Menyanthes trifoliata, a pondweed that forms huge rafts of green covering much of a lake or pond's surface. It is also known as buckbean or water trefoil, and was used in an old remedy for scurvy.

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