HC Deb 30 April 1985 vol 78 c105W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his estimate of the number of herons; and if the number is declining.

Mr. Chris Patten

Approximately 1,300 at the time of the last census in 1977. Counts at a small number of heronries since then indicate that the number has increased.

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