The Eurasian Curlew, with its quiet beauty and haunting call, is hurtling towards extinction as a breeding bird in most parts of Britain. Curlew Action is a small charity established in late 2019 to help to reverse that tide as fast as possible. Working alongside other conservation charities so that no work is duplicated, Curlew Action’s key task is to inform, educate and inspire our community about the bird, so that our behaviour changes so as to save it. We are a tiny charity with two part time staff and low costs.
In our first two years, we have had some notable successes, not least the Defra sponsored establishment of a National Curlew Recovery Partnership, chaired by our own Mary Colwell. We also have around 100 ambassadors in communities around Britain, a Schools’ programme and a comprehensive shop and online art gallery. We are also proud to have music legend, David Gray, as our active and passionate patron.
In the Spring of 2022, and at the age of 62, our Chair of Trustees, Roger Morgan-Grenville, will be setting off from Lymington for a 50 day, 1,000 mile walk to Cape Wrath. Largely alone, and largely off road, he will be trying to raise the £25,000 that Curlew Action needs to run its projects and continue to work to reverse the decline of the curlew. To see Curlew Action's projects click here. During the walk, he will be researching a number of biodiversity restoration projects, starting with the curlew in the New Forest, which will fuse with the adventure into a book to be published by Icon Books in March 2023.
‘I’ll basically be walking 20 miles a day, every day for eight weeks,’ says Morgan-Grenville, 'with the occasional day off for rest. But the effort is needed, and is worth it, if we want to save what is precious in nature for our children’.
Once he begins we'll give regular updates here. A map of Roger's journey is included on this page. He is happy to do radio interviews whilst walking, or to be joined by journalists as he walks. To find out more about Roger's walk, or if you would like to interview Roger, please email Ellen.
Thank you so much.
Roger’s 1,000 Mile Walk for Curlews
"Through the rain, hail, sleet and snow…..Roger Morgan-Grenville has taken on the Herculean challenge of walking the entire length of Great Britain and all for the sake of our majestic Curlews. It’s Frodo Baggins level stuff. What else is there to say as we doff our caps, except - Please Give Generously!" - David Gray, Curlew Action Patron
GUESS HOW MANY DAYS ROGER WILL HEAR A CURLEW ON HIS 58 DAY WALK
1st place: two tickets to a UK event from David Gray's upcoming world tour!
2nd place: a bag of Curlew Action goodies including: curlew socks, pin badge, t-shirt and more!
HOW TO ENTER?
- Make a minimum £2 donation to Roger's walk using the entry form. On the same form enter your guess
- Deadline: 15th May
- Multiple entries allowed!