Jersey Chough Update
The Red-billed Choughs in Jersey have had a record-breaking breeding season.
Director of Paradise Park Alison Hales said “The news from Jersey is better than we could have expected, in 2018 ten chicks hatched, nine of which fledged successfully. It’s a real step forward for the reintroduction project. And for us at Paradise Park ‘Dusty’ is the star – he is the grandson of a pair still producing chicks here at Paradise Park, was the first chick to hatch in the wild in Jersey for 100 years, and has now raised his own three chicks.”
LEFT: Dusty the first chick to hatch in the wild in Jersey for 100 years (Liz Corry). RIGHT: Choughs feeding in fields near the release site, with Sark in the distance. (A Hales)
Alison continues “The team from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust at Jersey Zoo have been working towards this point since 2013 when choughs were first introduced into the release aviary. It’s a real feather in their cap and great encouragement for all the project partners to keep working for choughs and all the species that share their coastal habitats.”
Click here for full ‘Birds On The Edge’ June report.
Here is a short documentary about the Red-billed Chough reintroduction project in Jersey. Led by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in partnership with the National Trust for Jersey, States of Jersey Department of Environment, Paradise Park, Cornwall, and Ronez Quarry.
Filmed by Sam Hertzog. June 2018
Previous News Stories
Choughs on Jersey produce first chick – 2015
Choughs fly off to Jersey – 2016
For information on Operation Chough which was founded here at Paradise Park in 1987, please click here