The Curlew

Speaker: Mary Colwell

Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, Westbury Hill, Bristol, BS9 3AA

The Eurasian curlew is our largest wading bird and it is in serious decline. Numbers have fallen dramatically throughout Britain with the greatest losses in western and southern areas. In 2016 I walked 500 miles across Ireland and the UK to find out why they are disappearing and have since organised 4 national conferences. The evocative call of the curlew was once common above fields, meadows and moors but numbers have fallen by over 60% on average, even on the strongholds of the northern moors. In Ireland numbers are down by over 90% and in Wales by 80%. In southern England there are only 300 breeding pairs left and in 2018 we could only account for 6 fledged chicks. What are the main problems and what is being done?

This talk is an overview of the situation and an update on the most recent work to save them. Does the curlew have a future?

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