Happy Birthday Operation Chough!
4th August 2016
The 4th August was Operation Chough’s birthday!
Operation Chough was officially launched in 1987, but much work with Red-billed Choughs had been done at Paradise Park in Hayle, Cornwall and the Tropical Bird Gardens, Padstow (now closed), before this time. Paradise Park’s founder, Mike Reynolds, became very interested in choughs and the first birds came to the Park in 1973. They were captive bred and originally from Welsh stock. This date was very sadly also the time when the last wild birds from the original Cornish population disappeared after decades of decline… visit the official website for more information on the achievements of Operatin Chough over the years. www.chough.org
Next year it will be 30 years since the establishment of the project, so listen out for celebration plans in 2017!
Founder Mike Reynolds and Robin Hanbury Tenison 4th August 1987.