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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.

David Gray

Latest Updates

26th February: We are delighted to welcome singer songwriter David Gray as a Curlew Action friend and benefactor. During his upcoming world tour he will be supporting our work by encouraging his concert-goers to donate to Curlew Action by text message. it's a simple process - try it for yourself! To donate £5 from a mobile phone text CURLEW to 70970. To donate £10 text CURLEW to 70191. It's that easy!

If you were encouraged to visit our website by David Gray, then... Welcome! We have a donations page for people he sends our way which can be visited here.

* Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. For Terms & Conditions, see

World Curlew Day logo, designed by Nicola Duffy

World Curlew Day - April 21st

26th February: We want to give advanced notice of World Curlew Day, taking place on April 21st. Go to our dedicated World Curlew Day page for more information and check back regularly as we update the page.

Welcome to Curlew Action

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 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.

Today, widespread changes to our countryside have seen their numbers dramatically decline, especially over the last 40 years

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.


Mary Colwell was recently interviewed by Charlie Moores for two Podcasts at The WAR ON WILDLIFE Project which we have posted below. The first is about how Curlew Action got started, the second is about progress in developing a GCSE in Natural History. Click on each file to hear the 20-minute interviews.

A Passion For Curlews

A GCSE in Natural History


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

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