The Cross and Stratford Welsh Chough Project
The Cross and Stratford Welsh Chough Project has, since 1991, colour-ringed more than 3,000 Welsh Choughs, producing a detailed picture of bird movements and identifying key areas for breeding. Thanks to the efforts of numerous volunteers across North and West Wales, nesting boxes have been placed in these areas, leading to an increase in the populations of Welsh Choughs over the years.
In the 1990-2000’s, when egg collecting was a major threat to rare breeds such as the Chough, the teams’ records helped in the conviction of several well-known egg collectors, and to this day when examining nests most eggs are marked to act as a deterrent to egg collectors. All the equipment used by the group is supplied voluntarily and it is mainly the support, help and friendship of the many landowners who have cooperated which has helped the growth of this project.