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March 2021: Curlew news and views

Russ writes:

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


Published 01-03 March 2021:

The official launch of the CRP on 01 March was widely featured in regional and specialist media; the examples below include a blog provided by our Chair, Mary Colwell.


Northern Echo (also Yorkshire Post)

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19129441.new-partnership-formed-help-save-threatened-curlew/


Eastern Daily Press

https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/curlew-recovery-partnership-launched-to-save-threatened-bird-7796316


Essex Magazine

https://www.essexmagazine.co.uk/2021/03/new-partnership-formed-to-save-englands-threatened-curlews/


Birdguides

https://www.birdguides.com/news/new-partnership-formed-to-save-englands-threatened-curlews/


Sporting Shooter

https://www.sportingshooter.co.uk/news/the-curlew-recovery-partnership-1-6962097


Mark Avery’s Blog

https://markavery.info/2021/03/02/guest-blog-curlew-recovery-partnership-by-mary-colwell/


Published 03 March 2021:

Forestry England expands its programme of seasonal car park closures in the New Forest to help protect Curlews and other ground-nesting birds.

https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/car-parks-new-forest-birds


Published 04 March 2021:

Worrying results from BTO-led monitoring of birds on non-estuarine coasts, highlighting a 31% decline in Curlew numbers between 2007/08 and 2015/16; the study notes that about one-third of the UK wintering population of Curlews inhabit non-estuarine coasts, with these mostly thought to be UK breeding birds.

https://www.bto.org/press-releases/survey-uks-coast-highlights-change-wintering-waterbird-populations


Published 10 March 2021:

Our partners at GWCT launch the new Corvedale Farmland Wildlife Project to help recovery of Curlews and other ground-nesting birds.

https://www.gwct.org.uk/news/news/2021/march/conservation-demonstration-project-could-provide-blueprint-for-farmland-wildlife-recovery/


Published 15 March 2021:

Excellent BBC News coverage of the CRP and the Curlew conservation work being undertaken by our partners at WWT.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-56370427


Published 16 March 2021:

The Curlew Head Start Project, involving our partners at WWT and Natural England, was the winner in the Environmental Protection and Enhancement category of the Sanctuary Award Winners 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mods-sanctuary-awards-winners-2020/full-list-of-the-sanctuary-award-winners-2020


Published 25 March 2021:

RSPB leads calls for the public to be aware of Curlews and other ground-nesting birds.

https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/19183458.rspb-urges-people-watch-step-protect-nesting-birds-cumbria/


https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/19183450.watch-step-plea-protect-ground-nesting-birds/


Published 27 March 2021:

A Country Diary feature on Curlews and the CRP in The Times.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/escape-the-suburbs-to-see-a-myriad-of-wildlife-mmhhpkzld

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