Wildlife experts are delighted with the rising number of cirl buntings in Cornwall
The small finch-like bird, a close cousin of the yellowhammer, used to be found on farmland across the county, but disappeared in the early 90s.
Thanks to a reintroduction project the population is growing, with 28 breeding pairs in the county compared to 16 last year.
The number of chicks produced by the breeding birds in Cornwall this year has increased to 69 compared to 39 in 2010.
Ian Carter, Natural England's ornithologist said: "Reintroducing a small bird like the cirl bunting is a huge and complex task involving supportive landowners, experts who have hand-reared the birds and scientists who monitor their progress. "We're encouraged that the birds we've released have reared significant numbers of young, many of which we hope will reach adulthood and then go on to breed."
Source: BBC News