Supporting Curlew Conservation

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Curlew Fieldworkers' Toolkit

Curlew fieldwork is incredibly complex, and can lead to problems for birds and nests when done incorrectly. However, it is also absolutely essential if we want to prevent population decline. That is why Curlew Action has collaborated with the Curlew Recovery Partnership, BTO and WWT to bring you a fantastic online toolkit containing loads of essential tips and techniques for working with curlews. Part 1 of the toolkit is available to download on the Curlew Recovery partnership's website. Fact sheets include:

  1. Basic Field

  2. Curlew Identification

  3. Curlew Vocalisations and Behaviour

  4. Land Manager Liaison

  5. Mitigating Disturbance

  6. Curlew Roost Monitoring

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The remaining nine factsheets listed below relate to work at or around the nest - they are available upon request, but will need to be accompanied by a short statement outlining the location where you are conducting fieldwork, the project you are supporting (if applicable), and the name of a recognised authority who can support your statement (e.g. a Curlew researcher, wader group co-ordinator or licensed BTO ringer). Note that you will be responsible for securing the necessary permits and permissions to conduct the planned fieldwork. To request these factsheets, please email

  1. Nest Finding using Field Observation
  2. Nest Finding using Rope Dragging
  3. Processing an Active Nest
  4. Processing an Empty Nest
  5. Estimating Hatching Date
  6. Temperature Loggers
  7. Nest Cameras
  8. Nest Fencing
  9. Radio-tracking Curlew Chicks

Workshops and training videos

Curlew Action is working with the Curlew Recovery Partnership to produce training videos and run workshops for those wanting to develop skills in curlew conservation. Our current work for this project involves raising funds.

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supporting work on the ground

Curlew Action supports field workers running practical projects to protect and conserve curlews. For instance, we have helped Curlew Country pay for their hugely important work headstarting curlew chicks.

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Photo credit: A Bicheno, Curlew Country

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