This summer has seen a dramatic increase in the Cornish cirl bunting population, with record numbers of chicks being born in the county.
This enigmatic farmland bird used to range across Cornwall, but disappeared in the early nineties. Now, thanks to the ongoing reintroduction project, it has been returned to one of its past haunts and the population is growing. Continue reading
2010 marked the fifth year of the Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project – a joint venture between the RSPB, Paignton Zoo, the National Trust and Natural England to re-establish the cirl bunting in Cornwall. Continue reading
Another summer comes and goes and we ask yet again what happened to it! There were periods this year when I almost believed the met office’s prediction that it would be a ‘BBQ Summer’, but a hot, sunny day turned out to be nearly as rare as a Cornish cirl bunting. Continue reading
The joint venture between the RSPB, Natural England, Paignton Zoo and The National Trust to reintroduce cirl buntings to Cornwall has continued with another successful year of rearing and releasing young birds from Devon, as well as continued breeding by older released birds in Cornwall. Continue reading
Cirl buntings are breeding again in Cornwall thanks to the RSPB’s cirl bunting reintroduction project in partnership with Paignton Zoo, Natural England and the National Trust. Cirl buntings are small farmland birds that used to be found throughout the county, and right across England’s south coast, but now they are restricted to a narrow strip of coastal farmland in south Devon. Despite a revival in numbers over the last 15 years, this population is still vulnerable, so it was decided to establish another population within its’ former range.