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“We’re not doing anything different!”

This is an oft uttered statement by farmers during discussions about the declining number of curlew nesting on their land. Most farmers in the Ysbyty Ifan and Hiraethog area who have curlew nesting on their land have noticed there are fewer pairs than in the past. According to Dion Williams, who farms above Pentrefoelas there…

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The Curlew Sounds Project – Behind The Scenes

A guest blog from Merlyn Driver – a musician, creative producer and nature lover who shares his journey in creating the Curlew Sounds album. For the past year or so I’ve been working on an album project for curlews (Simmerdim: Curlew Sounds) which is finally being announced in full today, World Curlew Day. It’s been…

Curlew by Neal Warnock

How can you help breeding curlews in Northern Ireland?

A guest blog from Ronan Owens at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), our Northern Ireland partner. Observe World Curlew Day and please report any breeding Curlew records in 2022 21st April is World Curlew Day, after St Beuno, their patron saint. The Eurasian Curlew has undergone a dramatic decline as a…

Curlew monitoring

Curious curlew behaviours and how we use them

The Curlew LIFE project at RSPB Insh Marshes wants to create sufficient breeding opportunities for curlew and minimise the risk of nest failure and chick predation on the reserve. Local volunteer surveyors are supporting this work by locating curlew nests, following up on the chicks and managing a network of trail cameras to record predator…

Curlew pair with chicks by Gavin Thomas

Saving curlews at RSPB Geltsdale and Hadrian’s Wall – Curlew Recovery Northern England Project – Part 2

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund, was established by the UK Government to kick-start nature recovery, create green jobs and tackle climate change. One project to receive Green Recovery funding was the Curlew Recovery Northern England which aimed to support work to halt the decline of curlew in two priority landscapes, RSPB Geltsdale & Hadrian’s Wall…

Rush Cutting © Hilary McGuire

Saving curlews in the Forest of Bowland – Curlew Recovery Northern England Project – Part 1

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund, was established by the UK Government to kick-start nature recovery, create green jobs and tackle climate change. One project to receive Green Recovery funding was the Curlew Recovery Northern England which aimed to support work to halt the decline of curlew in two priority landscapes, RSPB Geltsdale & Hadrian’s Wall…

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,…

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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…