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Chough-ed to bits! 4 Chicks for Llechwedd Choughs

Last modified: 05 May 2011

Chough about to land

There has been a real buzz of excitement at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales with the arrival of four chough Chicks.

The RSPB Cymru choughs of Llechwedd Slate Caverns celebrates their 5-year ‘date with nature’ anniversary this year. This year, as ever, live footage has been aired from the chough nest cam, giving visitors a birds-eye view of all the action.

Kim Boccato, RSPB Cymru People Engagement Officer at the site said: “When the cameras went live on 1 April this year we were surprised to see the nest almost ready, with the breeding pair just bringing in the final bits of sheep’s wool for lining.

“Choughs pair up for life and we are almost certain they are Modran (female) and Morfran (male), the same breeding pair as last year. It has been remarkable to watch the early nest preparation and the chicks arriving 10 days earlier this year”

The nest is a well-established one, where the choughs have successfully raised their chicks for many years. The choughs are not bothered by their spectators, showing no unease while the trains bring visitors to the cavern.

The choughs have been residents of Llechwedd since the Victorian times and it was the Victorian miners who named this Chamber ‘Chough Cavern’.

Visitors to the site can join the awe-inspiring experience, through watching live footage of the chough family and listening to their calls and chatter from the Choughs nest. This will be running through the TV screen in the visitor centre at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns until the end of June 2011. For more information, please visit

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