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Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day – The Flight of Curlew KA

As we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on 11 May, we’ve been pondering the migrations of the Curlews that breed at our project areas around the UK. Where do they spend the rest of the year? For at least one of ‘our’ birds, we know the answer! As part of Curlew LIFE, in 2023 we…

Curlew conservationists share knowledge at Glenwherry

Curlew conservationists from around the UK gathered at our Antrim Plateau project area in April, to visit the site and learn about the interventions that have led to a marked increase in Curlew breeding productivity. The RSPB Curlew LIFE team has seen some brilliant success in terms of numbers of Curlew fledglings, building on many…

Rousing return for breeding waders

Waders returning to Speyside to breed were welcomed with an evening of music, song, poetry and art, hosted by the Curlew LIFE team at RSPB Scotland Insh Marshes. On Friday 22 March 2024, over 70 guests enjoyed a free event held in the Loch Insh Watersports centre, to celebrate the return of the wading birds…

A tractor in an upland field cutting rush with a hill in the background

Thank you to our farmers on World Curlew Day

This World Curlew Day, 21 April, we’d like to thank all the farmers who’ve taken part in the Curlew LIFE project. With more than 280 farms totalling almost 31,000 hectares in our project areas around the UK, it’s no exaggeration to say that Curlew LIFE is only possible thanks to the farmers who are working…

A team of 7 people sitting on a low bridge having lunch with water all around them at RSPB Scotland Insh Marshes nature reserve, with mountains and cloudy skies in the background.

A winter in the life of a Curlew conservationist

As the Curlews return to their breeding grounds, we look back over a winter of getting ready for them, with Adrian Samuels, assistant warden at RSPB Scotland Insh Marshes nature reserve… I have been at RSPB Scotland Insh Marshes for two years now, but I only started working on Curlew LIFE in May 2023 and…

Curlew by Neal Warnock

Invitation to Quote: Facilitator for UK Species Action Plan for Curlew

We are looking for an experienced facilitator to develop a UK-wide action plan for Curlew. Guided by the International Single Species Action Plan for Eurasian Curlew, the UK plan will be a key part of the legacy of the Curlew LIFE project, helping to guide national policy and coordinate action for Curlews across the four…

A Curlew flying over a grassy field

Results from our breeding season 2023

The official productivity figures are now in from our five project areas around the UK after the 2023 Curlew breeding season. Our ultimate measure of success is whether the Curlews fledged enough chicks to maintain a stable population – each pair fledging one chick every other year. The data, analysed by colleagues in the RSPB…

A man with binoculars and another with a spotting scope looking out across an upland field.

Curlew LIFE teams reflect on 2023 breeding season

If we had to sum up this year’s Curlew breeding season at our five project areas around the UK, we’d say it was insightful, busy and challenging, but thankfully it was also productive. In this round-up of the season, we’ll take you behind the scenes with our project teams and volunteers, sharing some of our…

Curlew breeding season 2023 at Ysbyty Ifan & Hiraethog

In August project staff Lucy, Emily, Sam, Siân and Rhian were astounded to see and hear one last straggler still attentively guarding a Curlew chick up on one of the moors in our project area. This was a surprise since all other Curlews, adults and chicks, in the project area had departed, many of them…