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April 2021: Curlew news and views

Russ writes:

Here, we provide a summary of CRP and general Curlew news and views for April 2021:

World Curlew Day on 23 April 2021

World Curlew Day was the clear highlight of the month, with fantastic Curlew coverage in a variety of specialist, regional and national media (supplemented by extensive social media coverage) that will certainly have reached millions of people across the UK. Some examples are provided below:

An article by Mary on the CRP in Shooting Times.

An article by Russ on the CRP for the Countryside Jobs Service.

A series of Curlew-focussed blogs by our partners at RSPB, including news of a major new EU-funded project called ‘Curlews in Crisis’ that is focussed on Curlew recovery across the UK.

A blog by our partners at GWCT about their Curlew satellite-tracking project in the New Forest.

A blog by our partners at WWT on their Curlew research, including the welcome return of colour-ringed birds raised through their ‘headstarting’ programme.

Our partners at Curlew Country reported sightings of a rare giant Curlew!

As part of World Curlew Day, our Chair, Mary Colwell, was joined by singer-songwriter David Gray for a successful 45 km charity walk from her Bristol home to the nearest breeding Curlews on the Somerset Levels, as part of her charity Curlew Action.

Mary and David also featured in this podcast on Curlews for BBC Countryfile Magazine.

An article about one of Curlew Actions’ Curlew Ambassadors in the Lancashire Evening Post.

An article on Curlews in the Yorkshire Dales also featuring our partners at Curlew Action.

A feature on Curlews returning to the uplands of North Yorkshire.

A perspective from Farming Life on Curlews in Northern Ireland.

Encouraging news about the return of fledged Curlews to Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.

A piece about the alarming decline of Curlew (and other species) in Ireland and recent Ministerial meetings to raise awareness of the issue.

Published 20 April 2021

News of a £75k grant provided by the Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust (administered by BASC), to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in support of their Curlew recovery work in the Severn and Avon Vales.

News of recreational disturbance issues at a Curlew breeding site near Hereford (Lugg Meadows)

Published 24 April 2021

And finally, a stark reminder that egg-collecting, although less common in the past, can still pose a threat to breeding Curlews.

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