Another record summer for Cornish Choughs
Twenty years after a single pair settled on The Lizard, the returning Choughs from Cornwall have enjoyed another record breeding season.
A total of 25 breeding pairs have been located in 2022 with over 70 fledglings, bringing the Cornish population to around 200 individuals. This eclipses the “exceptional” year of 2021, which saw 66 young fledge from 23 breeding pairs.
Chough had another excellent breeding season in Cornwall (Martin Webb).
Bringing the Chough back to Cornwall has been achieved through great partnership work and the support of an incredible team of volunteers, with the Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society (CBWPS) saying the results are a testament to the hard work of conservation-friendly farmers nature. and landowners for providing suitable habitat for Chough”.
CBWPS’ Hilary Mitchell said: “It’s getting much harder to track down all of our pairs now, as we have so many more choughs, and the records sent to [email protected] have once again proven incredibly valuable, especially when locating new pairs.. With our crab population growing and spreading along much of the Cornish coast, it’s wonderful that so many people, locals and visitors, have had the opportunity to connect with these fantastic birds.”
Cornish Chough Conservation Network partners organize a number of events and activities to celebrate and recognize the large number of volunteers, farmers, landowners and organizations who work to benefit Chough. Guided walks and lectures, a trail and storytelling, more details can be found here.
Kate Evans from the National Trust said: “We often hear and read about nature’s decline in the news, so it’s great to celebrate a nature conservation success story like this, and so close. We want as many people as possible to celebrate Cornish Choughs with us, whether it’s walking the Coastal Path to spot a chough or taking part in the Chough Town Trail in Penzance. how people celebrate and encourage you to share on social media using the hashtag #CornishChoughs20.”