Saving England’s lowland Eurasian Curlews

Published on 05 May 2020 in Main articles

Mary Colwell, Geoff Hilton, Mike Smart and Phil Sheldrake, on behalf of the Curlew Forum

Abstract The Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata is classified as globally Near Threatened and is on the UK Red list of Birds of Conservation Concern. Around 25% of the world’s breeding population is found in the UK. This article describes the breeding Curlews of southern England, an area which supports an estimated 500 pairs of predominantly lowland-breeding birds. The status of the various lowland populations is described, and the conservation efforts being directed at these birds are outlined. A coordinated approach to the conservation and monitoring efforts is provided by an informal group known as the Curlew Forum.

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The headstarting process being undertaken at WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, showing Mark Roberts, Principal Conservation Breeding Officer, with a recently hatched chick in an incubator. Sam Stafford/WWT