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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 June, 2003, 06:22 GMT 07:22 UK
Chough chicks to fly nest
The three chough chicks were born in early May
Chicks of the first choughs to breed in Cornwall for 50 years are set to fly their nest.

All three chicks born early last month at Lizard Point have survived after a team of 60 volunteers kept a round-the-clock watch on the nest.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is now beginning a series of wildlife walks to provide people with an opportunity to see the choughs perfecting their flying skills.

It is the second year in succession choughs have successfully nested at the Lizard site.

Experts believe this could be the start of a sustainable colony, but the choughs' rarity makes them a tempting target for illegal egg collectors.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds hopes the three chicks will follow in the footsteps of last year's young who are now living in the Lizard area.

The black-plumed birds - with red legs and a curving red beak - are a symbol of Cornwall.

In the 19th Century there were more than 100 pairs in the county.

But the bird vanished after its food source dried up because of a decline in cliff top grazing and the use of pesticides.

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