Cornwall’s Chough population has had another successful breeding season in the tenth year since they returned to their former home.
Three pairs of Choughs have successfully raised nine youngsters this year and other, less experienced pairs have also attempted to breed. Choughs first returned to Cornwall in 2001 when they bred on the Lizard Peninsular for the first time in more than 50 years.
The RSPB’s Claire Mucklow said: “It is testament to the pioneering pair on the Lizard and their healthy offspring that we now have a burgeoning population, steadily increasing in numbers and expanding to reoccupy some historical nest sites along the coast of the Lizard, Penwith and the north coast of Cornwall.
â€œHaving nine youngsters fledge from the three nest sites is excellent news. We are also hoping that the young pairs that are busy â€˜practisingâ€™ will settle down and make their own little bit of Cornish history.â€
The success of these Choughs has been helped enormously by good habitat management at many sites around the Cornish coast. Grazing of the cliffs and slopes keeps these areas in tip-top condition for Choughs which depend on a mosaic of habitats and access to the soil for their invertebrate food.
Alongside the management of land in Cornwall, the choughs’ success is also a credit to the fantastic team of over 100 volunteers that give their time freely to protect the nest sites, both from egg collectors and innocent disturbance.
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