Historically, the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) could be seen in coastal areas around Britain. However, changes to farming practises, associated grazing regimes and persecution have caused a catastrophic decline and their range is now limited to West Wales, Scottish Isles, Ireland, Isle of Man and a small population in Cornwall. Although the chough has been missing from Kent for over 160 years, there are strong cultural links to the chough in Kent. Three red-billed chough feature on the coat of arms for Canterbury and the University of Kent. Wildwood is working with Kent Wildlife Trust and a number of other organisations to re-introduce this iconic species back to the Kent coastline.
For more information on the project please CLICK HERE to visit Kent Wildlife Trusts website.