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A hay meadow in Wales from a low angle amidst the vegetation, with flowers in the long grass and a hill in the background © RSPB Lucy Foster

Curlews celebrate National Meadows Day!

On Saturday 6 July, we’ll be celebrating UK National Meadows Day. Our project team in North Wales reflect on the importance of ancient hay meadows and their role as a sanctuary for Curlews. To begin with, what is a hay meadow? A hay meadow is a type of flower rich grassland that’s been shaped by…

A woman in a grassy field with mountains in the background, looking through a birdwatching scope © RSPB Cat MacKenzie

Volunteer Cat builds skills to kickstart career

In this second of two blogs celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2024, we travel to Scotland to join Cat Mackenzie, who’s hoping that volunteering with Curlew LIFE will help her gain her first job in conservation…  Cat Mackenzie is halfway through a six-month residential volunteering placement at RSPB Scotland Insh Marshes nature reserve, as part of the…

A man and woman in rain jackets smiling towards the camera, with a moorland landscape and grey sky behind them. Copyright RSPB Ian Cole

Curlew volunteering helps forge second career in conservation

We celebrated Volunteers’ Week earlier this month with a look at how volunteering can help people to break into a career in conservation. In our series of two blogs, you’ll meet volunteers who are aspiring conservationists but at different points in their working lives. In this blog, we’re off to Hadrian’s Wall to join Theresa…

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

Calling all farmers – complete our Curlew survey

If you are a farmer, please could you spare a few minutes to fill in our survey about Curlews. Whether you know anything about Curlews or not, we’d love to hear from you. We carried out a similar survey back in 2022, towards the start of the Curlew LIFE project, and now we’re repeating it…

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…