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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.

Curlew Action wishes everyone safe passage through these troubled times...

World Curlew Day logo, designed by Nicola Duffy

World Curlew Day - April 21st

World Curlew Day will be 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.

Shout out to all Curlew artists!

We would love to celebrate all curlews everywhere (and that includes whimbrels too!) on World Curlew Day - April 21st.

If you can create some Curlew art, music or poetry please use your social media outlets in the week leading up to World Curlew Day to raise awareness and spread the joy. Curlews are a wonderful bird to lighten our lives, especially at the moment. If you don’t do social media, please email us and we will post your creation for you on our Twitter account. Thank you - we look forward to a worldwide Curlew Fest of joy on April 21st.

"Mexican Wave" - Sculpture in Bronze by Fiona Smith

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.

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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

Don't miss our Twitter feed...

10 hours ago
Woodpeckers offer a fascinating cast of drummers, as they try to proclaim a sound signal as far and as loud as possible. https://t.co/Sv5KaxCRSU https://t.co/mbUSUZhyYL CurlewAction photo
10 hours ago
Dig for victory! John Horton's #watercolour #painting of #curlews at Beaumaris, Anglesey beautifully illustrates how they use their extraordinary bills to find food. Sadly there are now fewer than 400 breeding pairs left in #Wales
#worldcurlewday #birds #conservation https://t.co/qSJSWM0wBh
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10 hours ago
Dig for victory! John Horton's #watercolour #painting of #curlews at Beaumaris, Anglesey beautifully illustrates how they use their extraordinary bills to find food. Sadly there are now fewer than 400 breeding pairs left in #Wales
#worldcurlewday #birds #conservation https://t.co/qSJSWM0wBh
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14 hours ago
Does anyone have any whimbrel photos I could use on my website - with credit of course - Thank you.
14 hours ago
The little curlew, little whimbrel or pygmy curlew is the smallest member of the curlew family. Lovingly captured by Josmar Marquez - @birdnaturalart on Instagram. Please consider helping us save the curlews at https://t.co/dNOzyXdhjO
@WCDApril21 @curlewcalls https://t.co/rZPOyaDO8x
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This website was made possible through the generous support of Restore Our Planet. 

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