World Curlew Day

World Curlew Day logo, designed by Nicola Duffy

We had a very succesful World Curlew Day in 2020 - thank you to everyne who took part in any way. We're now getting ready for this year! Check back soon to see what's planned...

What we did to mark the day in 2020...

our new Podcasts section

our Art for Sale section

our Curlew Quiz

all the species of Curlew around the world

our wonderful new film with music and narration by David Gray

More Than Memory, a beautiful new song by Gareth Davies-Jones

And there's always time to make a donation to support or work with Curlews


This beautiful and gentle song was written especially for World Curlew Day 2020 by singer/songwriter Gareth Davis Jones. A love song to a wonderful bird.

Teign Estuary by John Walters
Curlew Sculpture by Fiona Smith

There are eight species of curlew worldwide and two are assumed extinct. The Eskimo and the Slender-Billed have not been seen for decades. Out of the remaining six species, three - the Eurasian, the Bristle-thighed and the Far Eastern - are at risk of extinction according to the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species. It is no exaggeration to say that many parts of the earth will lose curlews over the next few decades.

Curlews are iconic birds of wild, wet, evocative places – estuaries, mountain slopes, moorland, meadowland and coast. They have inspired poets, artists, musicians and writers for generations. They have given us so much, yet we are allowing them to slip away as we change their habitats and fail to protect them from predation, disturbance and in some places, hunting.

April 21 is designated as World Curlew day.  It is a grass-roots initiative, supported by major environmental organisations, to raise awareness of the plight of curlews and to encourage activities to help them.


In a normal world we'd suggest things like the following: hold a talk, organise a curlew walk, have a curlew coffee morning, hold a curlew-themed art show, hold a curlew-themed poetry evening, have a Curlew Day at a local school, hold a ‘curlew conversation’ and record people’s memories of when curlew were common…

But these are not normal times, alas... SO - in the spirit of self-isolating and the need to stay home to save lives, how about the following:

Draw a curlew picture, create a curlew song or dance, write a curlew poem, hold a 'curlew conversation' over video chat and record people's memories of when curlews were common, do some remote birdwatching by looking at bird reserve webcams online (try these ones from the Wildlife Trusts to get started:, and brush up on your bird identification skills in preparation for when you can get back out again; or challenge yourself with this test -

Any monies raised can go towards local or national curlew projects or can be donated to Curlew Action here.

Thank you for supporting World Curlew Day.

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