If anyone is interested in going to see the Bittern at Coate Water a rough guide to the favoured location is as follows. From the main car park and along the eastern side of the lake (past the play area) . Cross the causeway and follow path around to the right. From the second and third fishing stands the reedbed is almost directly opposite you. It has an old football trapped in it. Can also be seen from the causeway.
The fourth stand along from the causeway is the ideal spot, see post first thing at Coate on the seventh for more info.