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The critical situation of Curlews in the Iberian Peninsula

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Alba Villarroya. Due to its geographical position and variety of ecosystems, the Iberian Peninsula is a place of interest for the birds. In the wintering season, Spain and Portugal receive a large number of Curlew that rest and feed mainly in the humid areas of the north and west coasts. However, the situation …

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A Curlew Education

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Steph Smith. Please be gentle, this is my first “Blog” and  I am completely out of my comfort zone!!!! My relationship with Curlews began early, through my dad. My dad, by his own admission was not the most academic of men, but he had taught me to skin a rabbit, catch and clean a …

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A Mural for Manchester’s Wildlife

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Guest blog post: UK Youth For Nature. UK Youth for Nature is the UK’s leading youth-led network calling on the politicians & governments of the UK to take urgent action and tackle the loss of nature. We are commissioning a series of murals in cities and towns throughout the UK that speak to individuals throughout …

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A whistle on the wind

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Charlotte Varela. As spring blooms in a riot of bluebells, bright green buds and even brighter skies, it’s hard to miss the accompanying upswell of birdsong. But where the thrushes, chiffchaffs and robins get most of the attention, there is one very special bird that heralds the new season with a tune like …

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Embedding natural history into our own, and our children’s, education

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Alice Weaver. Let me start off by saying that this last two years have been great for connecting people with nature; although the pandemic has been terrible it has been a very steep learning curve to why we truly value the world around us. This valuation of nature should have been something instilled …

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On the edge: curlews suffering from conifer plantations in Northern Ireland and beyond

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Dakota Reid, Curlew Action ambassador and Irish environmentalist. Healthy peatlands are few and far between in Northern Ireland. But despite restoration offering a huge range of carbon, biodiversity, flood prevention and water quality benefits, restoration rates have been painfully slow without proper government funding being allocated [author’s image]. As anyone who cares about …

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The Future for Curlews

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Ellie Martin, 2nd year BSc (Hons) Zoology student at Hartpury University Four years ago, the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) was deemed near threatened on the IUCN Red List (2017), and even then, populations were seen to be decreasing. It is hard to know the current status of Curlews due to a lack of recent …

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Curlew: Of mourning and hope

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Charlotte Varela. Photo credit: Tim Melling It’s hard to believe that, until relatively recently, I had never even heard of curlews. My love affair began with another love affair, 12 years ago, when I met my partner Matthew. He lived in the countryside and would take us on long nature walks across the …

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The Ecological Importance Of Curlews

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Katy Ellis.  Photo credit: Dan Cox As an Ecology student, I am interested in how the planet’s organisms interact with one another and their environment. Understanding the ecology of something, be it bird, bush or beetle, is vital if we are to inspire people in the importance of protecting it. Though marine and …

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The Curlew Recovery Partnership

By Ellen | 08/12/2021

Written by Russell Wynn, manager of the CRP. Introduction The Curlew Recovery Partnership (CRP) was officially launched on 01 Mar 2021, and following a joint press release it was encouraging to see widespread publicity in national, regional and specialist media. The first emails started arriving in our CRP email account from mid-morning onwards on launch …

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