Red Billed Cornish Chough

Canterbury crest with 3 choughsOnce a common bird in the England Henry XIII decreed that it’s liking for valuable grain demanded a cull, so dutifully farmers completely decimated flocks almost to extinction. Despite recovering from the royal decree, changes in farming and removal of habitat also took its toll until about 150 years ago there were no more birds in England.

Today you will only find the relative of the crow family in parts of Wales, SW Scotland and Ireland.

Recently a breeding program near at the Wildwood Trust near Canterbury has managed to increase captive numbers with plans to released into the wild, see more