A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

Recently, the West Cornwall Ringing Group (http://cornishringing.blogspot.co.uk) paid a visit to the Lizard where they carefully scrambled into the Lizard chough’s cave (don’t worry they are fully licensed and trained to do this). They (and we) were delighted to find 4 healthy chicks in the nest, the chicks were a tad too young to gauge their sex, but the important thing is that they are healthy. If all goes well we expect these youngsters to take to the skies in mid-June. It will be a very exciting day for all our wonderful and weather proof volunteers, who watch over the nest around the clock and for all the visitors to the wildlife Watchpoint (http://cornishringing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/a-very-lizard-day.html ).

To find out more about choughs and the Cornish Chough Conservation Network watch this fantastic new video made by Falmouth University :


On the same day as their visit to the Lizard choughs the West Cornwall Ringing Group did a public ‘bird ringing’ demonstration at Windmill Farm (http://cornishringing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/a-very-lizard-day.html) so that people could get an idea of what bird ringing is all about and also have a chance to see some birds up close. There was a great turnout of birds and people; we saw beautiful bullfinches, sedge warblers, robins and blackcaps to name but a few. This event was part of the Lizard National Nature Reserve events, we are running events throughout May and June, find out more here (http://the-lizard.org/index.php/nnr-events)

Published: May 2017

Author: Cat Lee (National Trust, Community and Volunteering Officer )