Where to see choughs
After a long absence, choughs are making a return to the coastal places where they were once a familiar sight, particularly at hotspots like Cornwall and Pembrokeshire. We care for many of these places and along with your birdwatching, you can take in dramatic sea views, white-sand beaches and explore historic buildings.
How to spot a chough
The chough is a red-legged, red-beaked member of the crow family with historic connections to Cornwall and Wales. Listen out for its loud and distinctive 'chee-ow' call and look for it digging for insects on open grassland or showing off its aerial skills in the clifftop winds.
Places to see choughs in Cornwall
- Botallack, Cornwall
- Visit the engine houses of Botallack, a former tin mine that's perched on the cliffs, and look out for choughs floating on the breeze overhead.Plan your visit to Botallack
- Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Cornwall
- Another remnant of Cornwall's Tin Coast, Levant Mine is home to a working 19th-century engine powered by steam, as well as a certain red-legged member of the crow family.Plan your visit to Levant Mine
- St Agnes Head, Cornwall
- Take in the sea views at St Agnes Head and look out for choughs using their curved beaks to dig for grubs and insects on the areas of open heathland.Plan your visit to St Agnes Head
- Lizard Point, Cornwall
- The cliffs of the Lizard peninsula are where the first choughs were spotted in 2001 after a 50-year absence from Cornwall. They're now a common sight at Lizard Point.Plan your visit to Lizard Point
- Kynance Cove, Cornwall
- Around 2.5 miles from the Lizard, the tidal beach at Kynance Cove is known for its white sand, turquoise sea and rock stacks. Choughs can often be seen probing for food on the clifftop turf above it.Plan your visit to Kynance Cove
Places to see choughs in Wales
- Abereiddi to Abermawr, Pembrokeshire
- The wild stretch of Abereiddi coastline offers secluded beaches, ruins and a flooded quarry called the Blue Lagoon. Choughs breed here too, so look out for them flying on the sea breezes all year round.Plan your visit to the Abereiddi coast
- Stackpole, Pembrokeshire
- Stackpole is a Grade I listed historic landscape within a 3,000-acre estate on the Pembrokeshire coast, where a small number of chough breed in caves and crevices in the cliffs.Plan your visit to Stackpole
- St David’s Peninsula, Pembrokeshire
- St David’s Peninsula has wide views and a rich history. It's also a birdwatcher's paradise, with peregrine falcons, ravens and swifts breeding here, along with choughs.Plan your visit to St David’s Peninsula
- Strumble Head to Cardigan, Pembrokeshire
- Look out for choughs over this rugged and remote expanse of towering cliffs and rocky outcrops as you follow the coastal paths and take in the sea views.Plan your visit to Strumble Head to Cardigan
- Rhosili and South Gower Coast, Swansea
- Wildlife lovers can go seal-spotting on Worms Head and chough-watching along this coastland, which includes the three-mile sandy beach of Rhosili Bay.Plan your visit to Rhosili and South Gower Coast
- Porthor, Gwynedd
- You can find Portor on the rugged northern coastline of the Llŷn peninsula, which is famous for its 'whistling sands', and is also a good place to spot choughs.Plan your visit to Porthor
Places to see choughs in Northern Ireland
- Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
- This legendary geological feature in County Antrim is formed from 40,000 basalt columns. Choughs are rarer here, but keep your eyes peeled and you might just spot one.Plan your visit to Giant's Causeway
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