12%
£7472.06
raised of £60000.00 target
by 197 supporters

Restoring Chough to Kent Appeal

The red-billed chough (pronounced ‘chuff’), the rarest member of the British crow family, once called Kent’s coastline home, and could be found throughout the British Isles. Changes to farming practices and persecution have caused a catastrophic decline in the chough population, and there are now only 23 breeding pairs left in England.

The story of the chough has long been interwoven into the culture of Kent. Chough are even featured on the coat of arms for the city of Canterbury. Yet these iconic birds have been missing from the county for the last two centuries.

With animal and plant extinctions taking place across the world, we must act now to restore vital habitats and return lost species before it's too late. The chough is the rarest British member of the crow family and is a protected species, but the chough story is far from over, and there is the chance of a new beginning. Click here to find out more.

With YOUR HELP, we could see this charismatic bird flying over the White Cliffs of Dover for the first time in over 200 years!

To make this project possible, we urgently need your help to raise £60,000 by 31 January 2022. Together Wildwood Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust have an amazing opportunity to each raise £60,000 which will unlock an additional £120,000 of match funding. This means that every donation made until this target is reached, will make DOUBLE the impact towards helping these iconic birds return to the wild.

Wildwood have been breeding chough for several years as part of the National breeding programme coordinated by Paradise Park in Cornwall, and are now working in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust and Paradise Park to return this iconic species to the Kent coastline. Our long term vision is to restore chough across southern England, and Dover is the perfect place to start.


Why Dover? Why now?

Dover's chalk grasslands and White Cliffs provide nest sites and a rich diversity of insects on which choughs feed. As suitable coastal habitat and grazing practices are being restored, and persecution is no longer a threat, now is the perfect time to return the chough to the skies of Kent.

This new Kent population will be the first in a series of planned chough reintroductions along the south coast of England acting as stepping stones to join up remaining isolated and fragmented populations, bringing new genetics into the existing population, making them more sustainable and resilient.

In order to produce enough birds for reintroduction, the project has the full support of Paradise Park in Cornwall who have been managing a diverse captive population for many years and techniques including creche rearing have been developed.
 

How you can help us restore the chough to Kent

Wildwood Trust plans to hatch and rear chough chicks, which will then be released into the wild to settle and breed. There will be subsequent releases each year to bolster the population until our target population size is reached. We're confident that the chough will develop a healthy, self-sustaining population in this area, but to begin with, this fledgling group will need our special care.

Although these birds will be prepared, as much as possible, for life in the wild, we will closely monitor them after release to ensure their welfare and track their progress. We will be able to see where they have settled and monitor the success of their foraging and nesting.

We must raise £60,000 by 31 January 2022 so that our team can begin pairing the birds in mid-February, and to ensure that the release aviary is ready to house the choughs prior to their release in summer 2022. You can help us to make this happen by making a donation today!

Donate today to DOUBLE your donation

£25 = £50 could feed a baby chough for two months

£60 = £120 could provide food and veterinary supplies for a chough for two months

£110 = £220 could purchase and install two chough nesting boxes

£250 = £500 could contribute towards the construction of the release aviary

£1000 = £2000 could purchase two GPS trackers to help us monitor the chough after release

 

 


Photo credit: Paradise Park, Cornwall

Start fundraising

If you would like to do even more to help support the restoration of the chough in Kent, another fantastic way you can help is to set up your own fundraiser. You can take part in an existing event or create your own.

Becoming a fundraiser means that you will not only help to raise vital funds for this project, but you will you help to spread the word and raise awareness too. Whatever you decided to do, you can have a lot of fun and get a real sense of achievement by doing something that will make a huge difference towards restoring the chough in Kent.

For fundraising inspiration, please check out some great ideas on our website. You can set up your own fundraising page on JustGiving, simply choosing Wildwood Trust as your charity. Make sure to share the link to your fundraising page with everyone you know to raise awareness and get as much support as possible. You could even make it a team effort and get friends and family fundraising with you!

We love to hear your success stories and see photos of your fundraising activities. We also want to give you all the support you need, so please let us know if you are holding a fundraiser. If you have any questions or need any help at all, please don't hesitate to email us or call 01227 711900.
 



Adopt a chough

Wildwood chough adoptions are the perfect gift for anyone who loves birds. Each adoption helps support our work to see this iconic species returned to Kent. Your adoption package will include a mounted photo, a personalised plaque at the chough enclosure, a personalised certificate, a fact sheet and even more depending on which level of adoption you choose. Click here to adopt a red-billed chough at Wildwood in Kent.
 

 

Our Pledge to You

We promise to spend any money raised in this appeal on getting chough back into wild. Your donation will help cover the wide range of costs to enable this historic reintroduction to happen. Once we meet our target, donations will no longer be matched, and any additional donations will still support the restoration of the chough in Kent and will help us to make it a success. We really couldn't do what we do without your support and we can't thank you enough!

Contact details

Key Contact : Sarah Anstee
Email : appeals@wildwoodtrust.org
Telephone : 01227711900

Supporters

Donation by Little Waitrose & Partners Kings Hill
£500.00
on 18th October 2021 9:42 AM

Donation by Kent Community Foundation
£867.95
on 18th October 2021 11:45 AM

Donation by Sheila Taylor our Nanny in Heaven
£5.00
on 18th October 2021 6:51 PM

In memory of our loving GreatGrandmother who passed away on 1st January 2021 xx This donation is for her Xx

Donation by Bevy1965
£7.00
on 18th October 2021 7:45 PM

Another very worthy cause - Good Luck and keep up your great work, Wildwood

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 18th October 2021 7:48 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£111.11
on 18th October 2021 8:29 PM

Good luck, I'm choughed to be supporting you.

Donation by Sue Burchell
£25.00
on 18th October 2021 8:49 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 18th October 2021 9:55 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£50.00
on 18th October 2021 9:57 PM

Donation by Samantha Richardson
£10.00
on 18th October 2021 11:13 PM

Donation by Andy Stevens
£20.00
on 18th October 2021 11:25 PM

Donation by Mrs. Joan Hadley
£100.00
on 18th October 2021 11:54 PM

Donation by Richard Coleman
£20.00
on 19th October 2021 2:05 AM

Donation by Beth Breeze
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 7:49 AM

Happy to help - Good luck in making the target,

Donation by Debs
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 7:54 AM

Good luck with this fabulous project

Donation by geraldine
£10.00
on 19th October 2021 8:09 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 8:30 AM

Thank you to everyone at Wildwood and the Kent Wildlife Trust for doing all of their fantastic work with the breeding programme which will allow us to keep these gorgeous red-billed choughs. Thank you! ????

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 8:30 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 8:38 AM

Donation by Pamela Glynn
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 8:41 AM

Donation by John Carlton
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 8:51 AM

Good luck!

Donation by Martin Boyle
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 9:05 AM

Donation by Jackie O'Hara
£10.00
on 19th October 2021 9:55 AM

Donation by Mary Kidd
£20.00
on 19th October 2021 10:04 AM

Donation by John Griffiths
£76.00
on 19th October 2021 10:45 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£15.00
on 19th October 2021 10:47 AM

Best of luck with this project and keep up the good work rewilding!

Donation by Jeremy Short
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 11:50 AM

Donation by Colin & Meg
£50.00
on 19th October 2021 11:59 AM

It will be awesome seeing the Chuff flying over the Kent skies.

Donation by Anonymous
£100.00
on 19th October 2021 12:02 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 2:40 PM

Keep up the good work

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 3:32 PM

Donation by Dorothy
£25.00
on 19th October 2021 3:57 PM

A fantastic project look forward to seeing these beautiful birds where they belong

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 19th October 2021 5:39 PM

Donation by Kim
£5.00
on 20th October 2021 4:41 AM

Sorry not loads, I shall try to add more over the next couple of months. Not earning loads at present and trying to support as many charities as possible.

Donation by Angela Clare
£25.00
on 20th October 2021 6:39 AM

What an amazing project! Can’t wait to be able to see a colony of wild choughs at Dover. Thank you to everyone involved and special thanks to the staff at Dover Castle looking after the 4 young birds in the aviary.

Donation by Amanda W
£10.00
on 20th October 2021 9:22 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£50.00
on 20th October 2021 10:58 AM

Donation by Jane Tilling
£25.00
on 20th October 2021 11:34 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£98.00
on 19th October 2021 2:27 PM

Donation by Paul Cossons
£5.00
on 20th October 2021 7:45 PM

Donation by James Olver
£50.00
on 21st October 2021 10:20 AM

Donation by Christina
£33.00
on 21st October 2021 10:40 AM

Good luck

Donation by Mr. Ian Pettet
£20.00
on 18th October 2021 12:30 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£50.00
on 22nd October 2021 7:05 PM

Congratulations on this good work. Thank you Wildwood.

Donation by Jeremy Short
£25.00
on 25th October 2021 9:37 AM

Donation by Sarah Stirrup
£10.00
on 25th October 2021 6:26 PM

Donation by Sarah
£35.00
on 25th October 2021 6:54 PM

Donation by Val & Alan
£25.00
on 25th October 2021 7:36 PM

Donation by Julia & Mark
£25.00
on 25th October 2021 8:31 PM

We love all corvids! Come back Choughs, we want to see you in Kent!!

Donation by E O'Brien Dillon
£25.00
on 26th October 2021 10:59 AM

Donation by John Carlton
£20.00
on 26th October 2021 11:06 AM

Good luck with your appeal.

Donation by Karen.Beard
£25.00
on 26th October 2021 7:24 PM

Donation by Roy Mussell
£5.00
on 26th October 2021 8:38 PM

Donation by Anna Pharoah
£25.00
on 27th October 2021 9:33 AM

I'm chuffed to be able to help you with this appeal!

Donation by Leslie & Shirley Gamelin
£25.00
on 29th October 2021 1:50 PM

Donation by Jeremy Short
£25.00
on 31st October 2021 8:01 AM

Donation by Rita Bryant
£20.00
on 31st October 2021 4:16 PM

Donation by Sheila Sweetinburgh
£200.00
on 29th October 2021 12:00 AM

Donation by Ms. Sally Hansford
£15.00
on 2nd November 2021 10:48 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£46.00
on 30th November 2021 12:03 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£20.00
on 2nd November 2021 12:13 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£100.00
on 3rd November 2021 1:20 PM

Donation by Richard Worth
£25.00
on 5th November 2021 11:08 AM

Best of luck

Donation by Anonymous
£50.00
on 5th November 2021 11:52 AM

Donation by Jeremy Short
£25.00
on 6th November 2021 7:55 AM

Donation by Mick & Liz
£25.00
on 6th November 2021 9:00 AM

Here’s to success in re-introducing the chough to Kent!

Donation by Rebecca Lees
£25.00
on 6th November 2021 9:58 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 6th November 2021 10:20 AM

Donation by Jools
£5.00
on 6th November 2021 11:22 AM

Donation by Philippa Langton
£25.00
on 6th November 2021 3:39 PM

So glad to support Wildwood in restoring the Chough to Kent

Donation by Janet & Richard Mason
£100.00
on 6th November 2021 5:19 PM

Donation by The Thomas family
£10.00
on 6th November 2021 6:10 PM

Hope you reach the target.

Donation by Anonymous
£50.00
on 6th November 2021 6:34 PM

Donation by The Thomas family
£10.00
on 6th November 2021 8:14 PM

Donation by Karen
£10.00
on 6th November 2021 8:21 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 6th November 2021 9:03 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£100.00
on 7th November 2021 10:09 AM

Donation by Linda Warner
£25.00
on 7th November 2021 10:09 AM

A fantastic project, so incredibly important and worthwhile. I look forward to seeing red beaks and legs over the White Cliffs in the years to come.

Donation by Richard Worn
£20.00
on 7th November 2021 5:53 PM

Donation by Kirsten
£25.00
on 8th November 2021 9:09 AM

Donation by Mr. David Warner
£80.00
on 8th November 2021 9:46 AM

Donation by Dawn Holden
£20.00
on 8th November 2021 5:53 PM

Keep up the good work

Donation by Pam Glynn
£10.00
on 8th November 2021 6:46 PM

Donation by Rob Murray
£25.00
on 8th November 2021 6:52 PM

Wishing the Chough project every success!

Donation by Sue Burchell
£25.00
on 8th November 2021 7:28 PM

Donation by Cheryl
£3.00
on 8th November 2021 8:34 PM

Donation by David Carey
£125.00
on 8th November 2021 10:32 PM

It would be lovely to see these birds back in suitable habitat in Kent.

Donation by Debbie Jane Thompson
£25.00
on 9th November 2021 8:17 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 9th November 2021 8:47 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 9th November 2021 9:05 AM

GOOD LUCK WELL DONE

Donation by Rory & Kath
£10.00
on 9th November 2021 9:09 AM

Good luck and keep up the good work :-)

Donation by Ms. Sally Hansford
£20.00
on 9th November 2021 10:17 AM

Donation by Stephen Clive
£25.00
on 9th November 2021 10:32 AM

To everyone in the Wildwood team. Keep up, all the great conservation work you are doing.

Donation by Alex Madgwick
£10.00
on 9th November 2021 11:05 AM

Donation by Martin & Lydia
£25.00
on 9th November 2021 11:06 AM

Donation by David Thesiger
£25.00
on 9th November 2021 11:11 AM

I look forward to seeing choughs in Kent

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 9th November 2021 11:51 AM

A very worthy cause pleased to help

Donation by Karen Emery
£10.00
on 9th November 2021 12:53 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 9th November 2021 1:23 PM

Donation by Debbie Wilson
£10.00
on 9th November 2021 1:47 PM

Donation by Alex
£10.00
on 9th November 2021 2:42 PM

Good luck with the fundraising. What gorgeous birds.

Donation by Mary Pyke
£50.00
on 9th November 2021 3:36 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 9th November 2021 5:11 PM

Donation by Janet
£20.00
on 9th November 2021 5:45 PM

Only too happy to support this initiative!

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 10th November 2021 6:00 PM

Donation by Richard Harvey
£50.00
on 11th November 2021 7:30 AM

Donation by Jeremy Short
£25.00
on 11th November 2021 9:10 AM

Donation by Susan
£25.00
on 11th November 2021 2:53 PM

We need to retain indigenous species and support biodiversity.

Donation by Louise Butfoy
£25.00
on 11th November 2021 7:10 PM

Choughly chough please come back xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous
£40.00
on 11th November 2021 9:48 PM

Donation by Stephen Cleverly
£20.00
on 12th November 2021 3:26 PM

Donation by Alice Dryden
£10.00
on 14th November 2021 9:05 PM

Donation by Waterman
£20.00
on 15th November 2021 9:18 AM

NO ACKOWLEDGMENT REQUIRED

Donation by Helen
£25.00
on 15th November 2021 9:33 AM

Good luck with this project, it would be amazing to have chough back on our coastline.

Donation by Mr. James Moon
£25.00
on 15th November 2021 11:03 AM

Donation by Trevor Greaves
£5.00
on 15th November 2021 11:30 AM

Donation by Debra Vidler
£15.00
on 2nd November 2021 4:49 PM

Donation by Mr. Patrick Simmonds
£50.00
on 16th November 2021 9:31 AM

Donation by Berwyn
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 12:00 PM

Donation by Ms. Sheila Fassenfelt
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 12:13 PM

Donation by Peter Gibson
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 1:07 PM

Donation by Mr. Anthony Grundon
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 1:32 PM

Donation by Mr. Roger Blackman
£60.00
on 16th November 2021 1:39 PM

Donation by Mrs. Jill Hicks
£110.00
on 16th November 2021 1:49 PM

Donation by Ms. Dana Adler
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 1:59 PM

Donation by Emily Autumns
£5.00
on 2nd November 2021 2:14 PM

Donation by Tracey Edwards Smith
£5.00
on 2nd November 2021 2:21 PM

Donation by Ian Willowbrooke
£5.00
on 2nd November 2021 2:44 PM

Donation by Mr. Robert Salter
£50.00
on 16th November 2021 3:12 PM

Donation by Ann Harrison-Brooks
£15.00
on 16th November 2021 3:33 PM

Donation by Donna Walker
£15.00
on 2nd November 2021 3:34 PM

Donation by Patricia Macnamara
£10.00
on 16th November 2021 3:35 PM

Donation by Mrs G Ford
£10.00
on 16th November 2021 3:39 PM

Donation by Mr. Donald Pellatt
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 3:41 PM

Donation by Mr. Edward Robinson
£50.00
on 16th November 2021 3:42 PM

Donation by Mrs. Julie Cartmel
£5.00
on 2nd November 2021 3:37 PM

Donation by Mr. Richard Brown
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 3:44 PM

Donation by Mrs. Margaret Brown
£10.00
on 16th November 2021 3:53 PM

Donation by Liane Kordan
£5.00
on 6th November 2021 3:53 PM

Donation by Shirley Hill
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 3:56 PM

Donation by Terry Jeavons
£10.00
on 7th November 2021 3:58 PM

Donation by Miss. Shirley Glew
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 3:59 PM

Donation by Mr. Roderick Milbourne
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 4:02 PM

Donation by Mrs M Morgan
£5.00
on 16th November 2021 4:04 PM

Donation by Mr. Peter Shave
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 4:07 PM

Donation by Ms. Janet Moore-Roberts
£30.00
on 16th November 2021 4:10 PM

Donation by Miss. Jennifer Forster
£25.00
on 16th November 2021 4:11 PM

Donation by Miss. L Down
£100.00
on 16th November 2021 4:22 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 16th November 2021 8:43 PM

Supporting wildlife

Donation by Jackie Collins
£50.00
on 16th November 2021 9:14 AM

Donation by Miss. Paula Butler
£25.00
on 17th November 2021 10:03 AM

Donation by Sue B
£20.00
on 19th November 2021 6:36 PM

Good luck with this project!

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 19th November 2021 9:26 PM

Donation by Bevy
£5.00
on 19th November 2021 11:35 PM

My 2nd donation - and I hope it helps… (sorry it’s not much - my Disability benefit doesn’t go very far)

Donation by Sandra Hayes
£10.00
on 19th November 2021 11:39 PM

Donation by Dr. Jane Roderic-Evans
£100.00
on 20th November 2021 8:52 AM

Good luck!

Donation by Jennifer Bates
£10.00
on 20th November 2021 10:02 AM

Pleased to help bring back these beautiful birds

Donation by Kevin Summers
£50.00
on 21st November 2021 11:34 AM

I wish you well in reaching your target.

Donation by Ms. Susan Green
£10.00
on 21st November 2021 5:19 PM

Donation by Rosy B
£25.00
on 22nd November 2021 4:54 PM

Donation by Mr. Nick Hogben
£60.00
on 23rd November 2021 11:28 AM

Donation by Mrs. Ann Watts
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 11:50 AM

Donation by Nigel Grant
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 12:08 PM

Donation by Timothy Lemon
£10.00
on 23rd November 2021 12:10 PM

Donation by Shelley Harrington
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 12:14 PM

Donation by Christine Bird
£60.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:18 PM

Donation by Mrs. Alison Barnard
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:22 PM

Donation by Ms. Miriam Perrin
£10.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:24 PM

Donation by Mr. John Turner
£110.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:27 PM

Donation by Therese Manuell
£5.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:31 PM

Donation by Mrs. Mary Newton
£60.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:34 PM

Donation by Mrs. Janet Wirdnam
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:35 PM

Donation by Diana Herbert
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 1:39 PM

Donation by Mr. Allan Butler
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 2:30 PM

Donation by Mr. Graham Shearman
£10.00
on 23rd November 2021 2:31 PM

Donation by Emma Jury
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 2:36 PM

Donation by Mrs. Janet Newcombe
£25.00
on 23rd November 2021 2:12 PM

Donation by Ash Rawal
£50.00
on 24th November 2021 9:45 PM

Keep up your excellent work

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 26th November 2021 1:28 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£20.00
on 27th November 2021 8:35 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£5.00
on 27th November 2021 10:33 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 27th November 2021 7:31 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£15.00
on 29th November 2021 8:29 AM

Fingers crossed you make your target.

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 29th November 2021 2:33 PM

Donation by Mrs. Eileen Hills
£15.00
on 29th November 2021 2:33 PM

Donation by Mr. John Cooper
£10.00
on 29th November 2021 4:34 PM

Donation by Miss. Esther Stuart
£25.00
on 30th November 2021 9:42 AM

Donation by Mr. Anthony Jones
£10.00
on 30th November 2021 9:47 AM

Donation by Elaine May
£25.00
on 30th November 2021 9:49 AM

Donation by Mrs. Angela Ingrams
£500.00
on 30th November 2021 9:51 AM

Donation by Deanna Walker
£10.00
on 30th November 2021 10:07 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 30th November 2021 12:03 PM

Good work!

Donation by Tina
£10.00
on 30th November 2021 4:25 PM

Donation by Edmond Linehan
£10.00
on 30th November 2021 4:26 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 30th November 2021 7:48 PM

Keep up the good work.

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 30th November 2021 11:27 PM

Donation by Mr. T Higman
£10.00
on 1st December 2021 1:19 PM