The first fledglings hopped out of their nest on 1st June - three very well grown chicks at a north coast site. They are not colour ringed as their nest site is inaccessible.
Next up came a brood of four on 4th June from St Just area, again they are unringed. On 8th June two families of three fledged from other Penwith sites, (one brood ringed) and on Sunday the Lizard brood of four made their tentative first flights (see image of white/yellow below).
There are still at least six more nests to fledge so it is too early to predict how many there will be in total - but it should be a record year.
Thanks to Chough Watchers Paul and Mark for the photos.
Now the sun has been out for more than a couple of minutes these past few weeks it's been easier to get a handle on where the choughs are at this breeding season. All last year's six successful pairs have got through the winter and are well into their breeding routine at usual sites. Let's just double that shall we for 2018? Yes, we are pleased to report that the chough team have been watching 16 pairs since early March and it's looking like at least 13 of these already have young chicks, which is a real upward spike for the breeding population! Although we have no idea as yet how many chicks are in those nests, it should be more than in previous years.
Image by Jess Wardlaw - two of this year's north coast pairs
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After years working around the coast you get a feel for where a photo may have been taken, even if it is sent in with no place name. This image from Phil and Hilary was captured near Land's End - the lichen and the light is pure Penwith - and of course the chough's rings are tell-tale.
Sadly, our local marine life, including dolphins, basking sharks, seals and visiting whales plus other wildlife such as seabirds and even Cornwall's national bird, the chough who use the Cornish coast are under more and more pressure to find safe areas for nesting and feeding due to activities carried out by boat tour operators, kayakers, climbing and coasteering etc.
Cornwall is their home as well as ours and a place they, like us, love to visit or live. Following a few very simple guidelines, we can all live in harmony and enjoy what Cornwall has to offer. If we don't, the wildlife we get to enjoy seeing now will disappear.
The CMCCG have published this leaflet which is a simple guide on how to behave around our marine and coastal wildlife to get the best enjoyment from them.
If you have any concerns or to report wildlife disturbance, please call the hotline on 0345 201 2626.
The Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group, was formed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Cornwall Seal Group, National Trust, Marine Stranding Network and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), Devon and Cornwall Police Marine & Coastal Policing Team, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Natural England, and formed in 2013 to tackle the problem of marine wildlife disturbance and harassment.