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Curlews in Literature

Written by Charlotte Varela. Illustration by Jessica Holm. From lapwings in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights to the titular raven in Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, birds have long acted as inspiration for literature. Some are used to evoke a sense of freedom and wildness while others are an ill-omen, foreshadowing tragedy. The curlew, however, has long evoked a …

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The Junior Curlew Network – engaging young people with curlew conservation

Written by Ellen Bradley. Engaging people with the nature around them is a cornerstone of conservation. Britain has a long history of studying our nature and is the home of many world-class naturalists including Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall and David Attenborough. Yet many of our young people seem totally removed from the wildlife in our …

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A Curlew Education

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 whistle on the wind

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

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

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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Creating future naturalists: why is natural history education so important?

Written by Chris Platt. Natural history covers so many walks of life ranging from science, to community engagement, to wellbeing. It branches into every part of our lives and affects the delicate balance of the natural world. It’s for this reason that the need to educate people about natural history and conservation is so important. …

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