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These last couple of months in Wales and on the Western Isles in Scotland, teams of chough experts have been out surveying, as have we, down here in the South West. RSPB staff and volunteers, National Trust staff and local ornithologists have between us walked most of the coast of Cornwall, North Devon and Somerset searching for the red-bills!

Photo Terry Thirlaway

Of course, thanks to our amazing network of Chough Watchers in Cornwall we already know where the breeding pairs are and there were no surprise choughs encountered elsewhere by surveyors. However, our work to encourage people to send in their sightings has paid dividends and we have received a number of reports from members of the public of one or more choughs away from known areas such as on the Isles of Scilly, at Godrevy, Bude and near Clovelly in North Devon. So, there are extra choughs out there wandering about but we just have not been able to locate them yet, which is a bit frustrating. We expect one of the choughs is the Breton bird that turned up recently, has it found a friend? I am sure we will track them down soon.

Coincidentally this year is also the SCARRABS peregrine survey so our team have been able to send in records to help.
Now is the time the chough family groups are out and exploring the coast so please do let us know if you see any. Send your records to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published: June 2014
Author: Claire Mucklow (RSPB)

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