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Hat-trick for Cornish Choughs

England`s only wild pair of breeding chough have done it again!

England`s only pair of wild breeding chough have done it again and all the signs are that a third clutch of eggs has hatched, making it three years in a row, announced the Cornish Chough Project today (Wednesday 28 April).Observers at Southerly Point on the Lizard, south Cornwall, reported a flurry of activity late last week by the adult choughs - Britain`s rarest member of the crow family - a sure sign there are hungry chicks to feed. A 24-hour vigil has been operational at the site since early April to protect the nest from egg collectors. RSPB chough project officer Claire Mucklow was delighted with the news. She said: When the choughs first came back to Cornwall of their own accord in 2001 we had our fingers crossed they would stay: we never imagined they would be so successful. This will be the third generation of Cornish choughs and with any luck there will be some females in this brood.The RSPB runs a daily chough watchpoint at the National Trust-managed Southerly Point so that visitors can watch the activities of the adults through telescopes. This avoids any disturbance to the birds which delighted thousands of visitors last spring and summer. The chough is the emblem of Cornwall. Ivan Nethercoat, the RSPB`s Aren`t Birds Brilliant! project manager, said: This scheme provides people with fantastic views of chough, a bird which had been absent from Cornwall for many years until 2001. They are very charismatic birds and quite a spectacle to watch.The choughs at the Lizard have been good parents, raising three chicks in 2002 and a further three in 2003. One of last year`s trio was thought to be a female, but she has not been sighted over the winter. The remaining youngsters have found their own favourite coastal spots along the south and west coast of the county.

[NBThe Cornish Chough Project is a partnership between Defra, English Nature, the National Trust and the RSPB and was set up to consolidate conservation practice for chough re-colonisation.]

4th July 2014