Welcome to Curlew Action

Curlews are in crisis: once a common sight they are now one of the world's most threatened birds. Curlew Action is working in Britain and Ireland and with partners overseas to save them.


The Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata, was once a common sight across Ireland and the UK and their distinctive calls could be heard along coasts and across farmland, in the lowlands and uplands.

Today, widespread changes to our countryside have seen their numbers dramatically decline, especially over the last 40 years. In Southern Ireland curlews have decreased by over 90%, in Wales by over 80% and on average we have lost 60% throughout England and Scotland since the 1980s.

All this is happening as society is becoming ever more detached from the natural world, we are less connected to nature than at any other time in history. This has to change.

We are supporting curlew conservation across Britain and Ireland, and beyond, by providing practical help, raising awareness, increasing natural history education and by building the relationships needed to give curlews a future.


Our Patron


We are delighted that singer / songwriter David Gray is our Curlew Action Patron.

Click here to learn more about him.

Competition time!

We need your help to design a sign that can be used as Curlew Action's official sign to advise people to take care during nesting season and avoid disturbing ground nesting birds. All the information is included in the pdf document. Please send a photo/ scan of your design to Ellen by the 31st January at 5pm! Ellen@curlewaction.org

1,000 Mile Fundraising Walk

In the spring, our chair of Trustees, Roger Morgan-Grenville, will walk 1,000 miles, the length of the country, to raise awareness of the plight of the curlew and to raise funds for Curlew Action. 

Go to his dedicated fundraising page to learn more and to donate to his epic walk.



This website was made possible through the generous support of Restore Our Planet. 

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