"Curlews are the song of the wild, we cannot let them disappear.”
– Mary Colwell
While we will continue to share information about curlew conservation, our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine. Curlew Action supports peace everywhere.
Photo by RTS Photography
Wednesday 14th September 18:30-20:00
Join us for our fourth seminar in our Conservation: lessons from the curlew series. Curlews appear to avoid nesting close to densely wooded areas, likely because of the increased risk of predation. In some cases Curlew habitat has been lost and nests abandoned following well intentioned tree planting.
How do we balance the need to protect our wading birds with the very real need to plant more trees?
Thursday 13th October 18:30-20:00
Join us for our fifth seminar in our Conservation: lessons from the curlew series. One of the biggest threats to curlews in the UK is our high numbers of generalist predators. High predation levels are having a serious impact on our wading bird populations. This is an emotive and nuanced topic but one which must be addressed.
How do we live alongside predators while also protecting biodiversity?
Win a simon griffiths sculpture!
Click the button below to find out how you can enter into our prize draw to win this beautiful curlew sculpture. The winner will be announced at the end of September!
report a ringed curlew
Include as much detail as possible:
- Time of day
- Numbers/ letters on the ring (if possible)
- Colours of bands (as if looking at bird front on e.g. left leg, red over blue, right leg white over green)
- Photo (if possible)
Photo credit: Sam Franks. Reporting ringed curlews is vital for scientific research and monitoring of our curlew population. If you see one please get in touch.
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gcse in natural history confirmed
Our Director, Mary Colwell, has been campaigning for 11 years for a GCSE in Natural History. On the 21st of April 2022, the department of education announced that this new GCSE will be introduced to schools in September 2025. This is a huge achievement and everyone here at Curlew Action would like to thank Mary for all her hard work in turning this into a reality.
"We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
- Baba Dioum
Art & poetry competition
For World Curlew Day 2022 we ran an art & poetry competition to celebrate curlews! Thank you to everyone who entered and please look out for next year's competition!
Ground nesting birds
It's nesting season! From March-July we need to be extra careful to protect nests. Curlews nest on the ground and so are particularly vulnerable to disturbance from walkers, cyclists and inquisitive pooches. Let's work together to make sure curlews have a successful nesting season by keeping to paths and having dogs on leads in nesting areas.
We ran a competition to create Curlew Action's official Ground Nesting Birds sign and here are our two winners! Thank you to everyone who entered. Please download one (or both!) of these signs, share them on social media and put them up on billboards near you to protect your local ground nesting birds.
If you would like a physical copy of these signs please email Ellen, all you need to do is donate for postage.
Photo by Tom Streeter
support our work
Curlew Action has a range of Curlew Merchandise including t-shirts, socks, pin badges, original curlew art and greetings cards! Check out our online shop to browse our curlew products. All profits are used to support our curlew projects.