By WMN_PGoodwin | Posted: June 09, 2016
The small but growing population of wild Cornish choughs continues to defy extinction, conservationists have revealed.
Twelve new chicks already on the wing in Cornwall and more are still waiting in nests getting ready to fledge later this month.
A team of conservation volunteers have been carefully monitoring 12 pairs of this iconic bird, which is featured on the Cornish coat of arms.
The latest pair to breed was a bonus for bird watchers after a sad start on The Lizard when the breeding male disappeared in March.
Things brightened up with the arrival of a new unringed bird who paired up with the resident female.
Catherine Lee, who works for National Trust within the Chough Conservation Network in Cornwall, said "We didn't know if the male would stay.