"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
Our chair of trustees, Roger Morgan-Grenville has now completed his 1,000 mile walk from Lymington to Cape Wrath to raise awareness and funds for curlew conservation. Roger's goal is to raise £25,000 for Curlew Action, click the button below to donate or find out more!
Donate just £2 to be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets to see David Gray live!
Tuesday 17th May 18:30-20:00
Join us for our third seminar in our Conservation: lessons from the curlew series. Curlews have had a huge impact on our culture, from myths and legends to music, poetry and art. Mary Colwell will be in conversation with musician, Merlyn Driver, artist and curlew scientist, Rachel Taylor and writer, Karen Lloyd.
Photo by @HedgehogHugh
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.
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
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.