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View of new fencing in Wales

Improving habitat for breeding curlew in Ysbyty Ifan and Hiraethog

It’s been a busy few months in Wales. We’ve been undertaking a range of habitat management works to improve habitats for our breeding curlew. We’ve selected areas where curlew already breed but have not successfully fledged young. The aim is to improve these areas for breeding – providing more favourable places to nest, areas for…

Curlew standing guard Ysbyty Ifan

What is the Curlew Wales Action Plan and how is Curlew LIFE involved?

Julian Hughes is Head of Species at RSPB Cymru, helped to develop the Curlew LIFE project and is a member of Gylfinir Cymru, the group that co-ordinates recovery work for curlews in Wales. If curlews relied on shared passion and co-operation alone to save them, their future would be bright. That’s not all they need,…


2021- A look back at the first year of the Curlew LIFE project

Let’s take a look at what the different project sites have been up to since the project began back in October 2020: Project Overview – Samantha Lee (Project Manager) The whole project team really hit the ground running to meet the demands of being ready for the 2021 breeding season including ten new project staff…

Moving large tree trunks

Autumn Habitat Management Works at RSPB Lower Lough Erne

As Assistant Warden on RSPB Lower Lough Erne wildlife reserve since 2000, I have seen our resources and energy focus with increasing urgency on our breeding curlew. Since 2010 a series of large projects have improved conditions for curlew on eleven islands, (of 46 on the reserve). These have involved removal of scrub, felling of…


What do curlew do in the winter months?

Over the last few years, senior ecologist Dr Iain Malzer has been looking at curlew across the RSPB’s reserve network and identifying where we can create top quality habitat for this species. Today he outlines how curlew ecology changes as we approach winter, and how it is important to consider conservation management opportunities throughout the…


‘Cri’r Gylfinir’ – the call or cry of the curlew

As objective scientists we would probably refer to the call of the curlew, but we chose to name our project, based around Ysbyty Ifan and Hiraethog, the equivalent of the ‘cry’ of the curlew, in Welsh. I hardly need to explain why we chose to focus on the call, since it is this which captures…

Lough Erne by Sarah McCaffrey

Developing Nature Friendly Landscapes for Breeding Waders – A Series of Virtual Workshops

The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership in partnership with Curlew LIFE are hosting a series of three virtual workshops focusing on the plight of breeding waders within our landscape. We will be joined by a range of expert speakers at each workshop and discover more about these magnificent birds and how we can help to restore…

A curlew nest on a tussock in a shallow ponds in danger of flooding. Gordonhall, Inhs Marshes

Curlew on a floodplain

We started the first year of the Curlew Life project with a rewarding monitoring season on RSPB Scotland, Insh Marshes. The first results confirm that the reserve is a curlew haven, but our work is far from over.  We will further improve our habitat management and hope to engage local communities in the w(i/a)der landscape.…

Adult curlew in flight

Habitat management grants available to landowners

Thanks to the support of participating farmers and an amazing new team of volunteers, the RSPB Geltsdale and Hadrian’s Wall project team have now completed the first year of a four-year monitoring programme. This will provide important information about the curlew population in the area and the habitat they need to thrive.  Attention is now…