Curlew Action & World Curlew Day

Shout out to all Curlew artists!

We would love to celebrate all curlews everywhere (and that includes whimbrels too!) on World Curlew Day - April 21st.

If you can create some Curlew art, music or poetry please use your social media outlets in the week leading up to World Curlew Day to raise awareness and spread the joy. Curlews are a wonderful bird to lighten our lives, especially at the moment. If you don’t do social media, please email us and we will post your creation for you on our Twitter account. Thank you - we look forward to a worldwide Curlew Fest of joy on April 21st.

Teign Estuary by John Walters
Curlew Sculpture by Fiona Smith

World Curlew Day

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. Please organise an event on April 21 and post it on the Twitter: @WCDApril21 or World Curlew Day Facebook page:


Hold a talk, organise a curlew walk, have a curlew coffee morning, hold a curlew-themed art show, create a curlew song or dance, hold a curlew-themed poetry evening, draw a curlew picture, have a Curlew Day at a local school, hold a ‘curlew conversation’ and record people’s memories of when curlew were common… Any monies raised can go towards local or national curlew projects. Thank you for supporting World Curlew Day.

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