A Marsh Harrier has successfully bred in Cheshire for the first time. The bird which according to this article is rarer than the golden eagle is usually confined to the East Coast. Three chicks have recently been hatched at a secret location in the Gowy and Mersey Washlands. They have now left the nest and it is hoped they will return to the UK when they are around three years old. There are currently only around 360 breeding pairs of Marsh Harriers across the UK so its encouraging to see them nesting in Cheshire for the first time.