The Chough Club

The Landewednack & St Just Primary Chough Clubs have been enjoying various events so far this term.  Our September sessions saw us learning about migration.  As we waved goodbye to the swallows, we also waved hello and gave a warm welcome to Neil Swan our new education assistant. It is fantastic to have another enthusiastic volunteer on the education team which now consists of Cat, Danielle, Gill and Neil.

Above is a photograph of Neil dissecting owl pellets with St Just Chough Club at our annual sleepover event where we explored Botallack’s nightlife with various activities such as badger watching, bat detecting and moth trapping. We had 22 moths in our trap in the morning, one of which was a fantastic black rustic. We also learnt about owls, how they catch prey and what they eat. Jasmine found part of a bird skeleton in the pellet she was dissecting which was really exciting.  Did you know that tawny owl ears are not symmetrical which is what helps them locate prey, they often rely more on sound than sight while hunting?

The chough club is expanding across West Penwith, and we hope to have it running at another 4 schools by the new year. Cat is currently doing a series of assemblies at local schools to share the chough story with local children and encourage them to join the chough club.  As the chough club expands we are in need of more help. It is an extremely rewarding experience and you’d be surprised how much your learn. If you are interested in volunteering on the education team, please do get in touch: cat.leemarr@rspb.org.uk