Photo by Tony Pope
WEBINAR: CURLEWS ON THE COAST (18/10/2023)
Curlew Action Trustee Mike Smart chairs this free webinar on Curlews on the coast, featuring three speakers:
Dr Katharine Bowgen, Research Ecologist at BTO Cymru: presenting on the results of her upcoming scientific paper on Eurasian Curlew habitat use on the Welsh and east Irish coastlines in winter.
Marie Donnez, 2nd year PhD student in the Littoral Environnement and Sociétés (LIENSs) laboratory of La Rochelle University: presenting on her scientific paper ‘Small Space but High Diversity: Spatial and Temporal Habitat Use by Endangered Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata at Wintering Sites Throughout Europe’.
Nicola Crockford, RSPB Principal Policy Officer, Policy Lead for BirdLife Global Flyways Programme and Co-facilitator for the World Coastal Forum: presenting a global view on the importance of coastal areas for Curlews and other waders.
WEBINAR: CURLEWS ON THE MOVE (13/09/2023)
The UK is of international importance to Eurasian Curlew, we are home to 25% of the global breeding population and during the winter months are shorelines play host to thousands of Curlew and other shorebirds who have migrated here to escape the colder winters elsewhere. Understanding the movements of Eurasian curlew across Europe and beyond is vital for their conservation.
WEBINAR: ARE WE FIGHTING HARD ENOUGH FOR NATURE? (14/06/23)
In addition to identifying key issues in the fight for nature, our panel discussed potential solutions. Key questions included:
- How can we influence potential land-use policies and strategies, including farming, forestry, renewable energy and nature recovery?
- What is working well in UK conservation and what isn't?
- Are current conservation models effective and do they include sufficient engagement with local communities?
WEBINAR: CURLEWS AND MEADOWS (06/06/23)
Curlews need open spaces to nest and raise their chicks, they need a mosaic of long and short grass for chicks to hide and feed on insects and other invertebrates. Meadows can be a great place for Curlew to nest and can support a range of other species as well. How can we increase the number of meadows in the UK and what impact will this have?
WEBINAR: CURLEWS IN MYTHS AND LEGENDS (19/04/23)
The haunting call of the Curlew has been inspiring artists, poets and musicians for centuries. One of only four surviving manuscripts of Old English poetry is called 'The Seafarer' and includes the line 'I take my gladness in the sound... of Curlew instead of the laughter of men'. Myths like The Severn Whistlers would stop miners and fishermen from working the next day if they heard an eerie cry in the night. Join us for an evening to celebrate World Curlew Day and the legends inspired by these magical birds.
WEBINAR: CURLEWS AND SILAGE: FOLLOW UP SESSION (06/04/23)
Following on from the fascinating presentations in our previous webinar about Curlews and silage, we are holding a further session to discuss the points raised in the previous webinar - can we have Curlews and silage? During our previous webinar we heard from Russel Wynn from the Curlew Recovery Partnership, who gave us an overview of the state of Curlews in the UK. Amanda Perkins, from Curlew Country, shared her experiences of working with Curlew in Shropshire. John Turner, Pasture for Life, explained the process of making silage
WEBINAR: CURLEWS AND SILAGE (15/03/23)
Curlews nest on the ground in open areas away from trees that could harbour predators. Many nesting sites are on silage fields. Silage is cut earlier in the season than hay which means chicks and eggs get caught up in farm machinery. How can ensure silage fields safe for ground nesting birds like Curlew while still keeping the farm economically viable?
WEBINAR: COST OF A CURLEW (15/02/23)
The call of the Curlew is beyond the pound, dollar, yen or euro, but our economy is intertwined with nature. In early 2021 the Dasgupta review on the economics of biodiversity was published and showed the importance of biodiversity to our economy. We rely on nature to pollinate our crops, break down our waste, capture our carbon, provide oxygen, fertilise our soil, spiritual fulfilment and to enhance our health and wellbeing. It has an intrinsic worth and it has an economic worth. What is the cost of nature? What is the cost of a Curlew?
WEBINAR: THE BIODIVERSITY CRISIS. TRANSLATING COP15 INTO ACTION (11/01/23)
The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world, ranking 189th for biodiversity intactness. At the biodiversity COP in December, world leaders signed up to the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. What does this mean for nature in the UK?
WHY DO WE NEED A GCSE IN NATURAL HISTORY? (14/12/22)
For 11 years, our Founder and Director, Mary Colwell, campaigned for a GCSE in Natural History. On the 21st of April 2022 (World Curlew Day!) the GCSE was confirmed by the department of education and will be in schools from September 2025.
MANAGING THE UPLANDS (16/11/22)
The uplands are central to both biodiversity and society as a while, but big changes are on the horizon - climate change, farming schemes renewable energy - to name a few. How do Curlews fit into this changing landscape?
CURLEWS AND PREDATORS (13/10/2022)
One of the biggest threats to curlews in the UK is our high numbers of generalist predators. High predation levels are having a serious impact on our wading bird populations. This is an emotive and nuanced topic but one which must be addressed.
How do we live alongside predators while also protecting biodiversity?
During our fourth seminar in our Conservation lessons from the curlew series, we discussed the impacts of tree planting on Curlews. Curlews avoid nesting close to densely wooded areas, likely because of the increased risk of predation. In some cases Curlew habitat has been lost and nests abandoned following well intentioned tree planting. How do we balance the need to protect our wading birds with the very real need to plant more trees?
CURLEWS AND CULTURE (17/05/2022)
Curlews have had a huge impact on our culture, from myths and legends to music, poetry and art. Listen to Mary Colwell in conversation with musician, Merlyn Driver, artist and curlew scientist, Rachel Taylor and writer, Karen Lloyd.
Mary Colwell in conversation with Geoff Hilton and Nigel Jarrett from Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and Amanda Perkins from Curlew Country about the role of headstarting in curlew conservation. Headstarting is a conservation practice in which eggs are raised in controlled conditions, once chicks are ready to fledge they are released back into the wild. In order to maintain the current curlew population we need an extra 10,000 chicks a year. Headstarting is not a silver bullet to save curlews but every fledged chick is precious and headstarting programmes across the country are doing vital work helping to support a struggling British population. Photo by A Bicheno, Curlew Country
CURLEW ON FARMLAND (16/02/2022)
This was an online discussion on curlews, nature and the farmed landscape. Most curlews breed in fields, both in the uplands and the lowlands. They face many dangers from agricultural machinery to disturbance to predation. In this informal session Mary Colwell talks to a fieldworker, Mike Smart, who is monitoring and protecting the birds in Gloucestershire, to Richard Hanby, a Gloucestershire dairy farmer, and to Jake Fiennes, the Conservation Manager for the Holkham Estate in Norfolk. Jake is at the forefront of melding farming and nature, and has big ideas about how the natural world and our need to produce food can fit together.