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Chough Nest Webcam goes live
Chough cam
Watch the Chough eggs as they hatch with the live webcam from Paradise Park

Paradise Park in Hayle has gone live with a Chough Nest Webcam.

Images can be seen from their seclusion aviaries, where they are continuing to build up a flock of choughs.

This year there are four pairs of nesting choughs, with all nests already well under way and chicks born.

From now until mid June the public will be able to view the activity in these nests - from the initial building, to egg-laying, and hopefully, successful rearing of chough chicks.

Watch the activity in the nest:

The views of the nests may change as they switch from one nest to another, depending on nest activity.

The page is designed to refresh the image every 3 seconds, if movement is detected. If there is no movement the same image will be seen.

The Cornish Chough is recognised by its striking red feed and elegantly curved bill.

Chough cam
The mothers feeds her baby Choughs

It was a well known sight throughout the UK, but after years of decline it disappeared from the county in 1973.

But the decline of the chough in Cornwall is believed to have started at the end of the 18th century. Back then there were concerns that choughs were suffering at the hands of sportsmen.

Here in Cornwall the chough has always been an important symbol. It features the county coat of arms.

Cornish folklore has it that King Arthur turned into a chough when he died and will return to rule again in the future.

They feed primarily on insects and larvae off the ground. Choughs usually mate for life and return to the same breeding sites year after year.




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