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A nearly-fledged Curlew chick being held in a human hand.

Reflections on Belgium Curlews

By Mary Colwell | 29/05/2024

This is the second of two blog posts from Curlew Action’s visit to Belgium. Read the first one – a diary detailing the different locations visited. Headstarting Belgium’s Eurasian Curlew population is supported by the small but effective headstarting project based at the wildlife rescue centre. It is a service offered for free to Natuurpunt, […]

A photo of a small Curlew chick in the palm of a human hand.

Curlew conservation in Belgium: a diary

By Mary Colwell | 29/05/2024

This is the first of two blog posts from Curlew Action’s visit to Belgium. Read the second one – with further thoughts from Mary on Belgian and European Curlews. Meet Griet Nijs, a Curlew hero. She works for the conservation organisation Natuurpunt, the largest environmental charity in Belgium. Curlews are Griet’s passion, and she works […]

Photo of a ringed Eurasian Curlew feeding in grassland

Curlew conservation in Poland

By Mike Smart | 24/05/2024

This is the second of two blog posts on Curlew Action’s visit to Poland, read Mary’s reflections in this blog post. The first link with Polish Curlew workers was established when a Curlew colour-ringed on the Usk estuary in Wales in January 2016 was resighted in Poland from 19 to 26 April 2018 in one […]

A photo of a river with blue skies above and grassland to the side

Reflections on Polish Curlews

By Mary Colwell | 15/05/2024

This is the first of two blog posts on Curlew Action’s visit to Poland. Read Mike Smart’s blog post.Ā  A warm wind blew across a very large field in Eastern Poland, it was mid-April and uncharacteristically mild. In the distance a farmer ploughed one small area, his engine a grating background to the music of […]

A Eurasian Curlew amongst grass with a blurred background, looking to one side with its bill open.

Y Gylfinir … and other Welsh names for Curlew

By Sian Shakespear | 19/04/2024

Did you know that 21 April is World Curlew Day! Isn’t there a day for everything? Why then does y gylfinir deserve a special day’? As is frequently the case the standard Welsh term for the Curlew – y gylfinir – describes Britain’s largest wading bird perfectly: gylfin = bill, hir = long! It’s difficult […]

Wcd Judges

World Curlew Day judges

By Megan Shersby | 12/04/2024

In 2024, we are being joined by three guest judges for our World Curlew Day Competition! Each guest judge will assist Mary Colwell in choosing the winning entries from a category. Meet the World Curlew Day judges: Head judge: Mary Colwell Mary is a writer, TV and radio producer and conservationist, whose massive walk across […]

A photo of habitats at Farlington Marshes

What does the future hold for Farlington Marshes?

By Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust | 02/02/2024

Ā Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve sits within Langstone Harbour, down on the busy south coast of Hampshire. Managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust since the 1960s, it forms one of the most important sites in the Solent for overwintering waders and wildfowl, as well as providing a very important role for local breeding […]

Three GCSE students pond dipping.

Revolutionary nature lovers

By Mary Colwell | 23/01/2024

I am intrigued by Lucy McRobert’s article for the Birdwatch magazine, ‘Missed Connections‘ (18/01/24). She describes University Challenge panellists being baffled by even the simplest nature questions, and astonished they had never heard of wading birds. Some of the brightest in the land know nothing about the common life that lives around them. No wonder, […]

Some perspectives on the UK Curlew breeding season in 2023

By Russell Wynn | 11/01/2024

As we say goodbye to 2023 it’s a good time to look back on the Eurasian Curlew breeding season and search for signs of optimism or despair! This summary is largely based upon results presented at the recent Curlew Forum meeting at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) Slimbridge Wetland Centre on 16 Nov 2023, […]

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta Delivering The Keynote Speech

Building a Nature Pathway

By Mary Colwell | 27/11/2023

We are increasingly coming round to the fact that the future of every one of us depends on a healthy natural world with functional and diverse ecosystems supporting our economy, health and well-being. This much is true, but are we succeeding in making that nature-secure future a reality? Is everyone aware of what this really […]

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