Paradise Park

Wildlife Sanctuary • Cornwall

Events and things to do throughout the year including Easter Egg Hunts, summer flying displays, Quiz trails around the Park, Halloween Disco and more.

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The gardens are designed to complement the exotic wildlife at Paradise Park, and to provide plenty of nectar for native pollinators.

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Make it a birthday to remember with your choice of four themed party rooms with the birthday child’s name displayed on the door.

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Parrots are intelligent, charismatic and beautiful, but sensitive and demanding – as pets they are a BIG responsibility!

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Operation Chough

In 2015, Operation Chough, based at Paradise Park, was delighted to announce that choughs bred at the Park in 2011, and released into the wild on Jersey in 2013, produced their first chick.

Operation Chough is a conservation project established at Paradise Park, in Hayle, Cornwall in 1987. Our initial aim was to see the chough back and living once again on the cliffs of Cornwall. We are now working to ensure that its return is permanent and sustainable, and that the small group in Cornwall is able to maintain a healthy population into the future. We breed choughs in captivity, and are working with our partners to establish groups in several locations, and will make birds available for release in Cornwall and elsewhere to secure the future of the current population, if necessary for demographic or genetic reasons.

The Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) is a member of the crow family, distinguished by its glossy black plumage and the red of its legs and elegantly-curved bill.

Red-billed Chough

Once widespread in Britain, this mainly coastal species had always been associated with Cornwall but declined severely, then died out altogether in 1973. In 2001 up to five birds arrived in Cornwall, first seen near Newquay.

Three of these birds settled in South West Cornwall. They were later shown through genetic testing to have Irish origins, and now around twenty of their offspring have formed a pioneer population.

Cornish Chough 599x399To see this magnificent crow is a highlight for anyone walking along Cornwall’s coast path. The chough often draws attention to itself by making its distinctive ‘chee-ow’ call, and it can also be identified in flight by its wing shape.

The decline of the chough in Cornwall was particularly sad because of its strong relationship with the county; it even features on the official coat of arms.

The first steps toward the long-term re-population of Cornwall by the chough, is a story full of hope for all who love this charismatic crow.

Read about how the Cornish Chough was plentiful in Poldark days here

In 2010 Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust received their first choughs from Paradise Park in Cornwall as part of the chough restoration project on Jersey. Here is a video from 2010 when Lee Durrell come over to pick up the choughs and took the opportunity to meet Oggy, a popular chough on display to the public at the Park.

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Operation Chough Website
Working with Durrell Wildlife Trust
Return of the Chough to Cornwall
Report A Sighting

Conservation Projects

It is the duty of all who keep rare species to do everything possible to promote a healthy captive population. We work with British, European and international breeding schemes.

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History

Paradise Park was opened in 1973. It was Mike Reynolds who first had the idea of creating a place which could be home to his growing collection of birds...

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