2017 is the third year of Curlew Country nest monitoring. In previous years cameras and thermal data loggers were used on over 30 nests to establish why curlew are failing to breed successfully. No chicks survived from the nests. Most of the nests were predated at egg stage and failed to hatch chicks. The main predator was found to be the fox, but badgers did predate a few nests. Each year only 3 nests survived beyond egg incubation stage to hatch chicks and subsequently all the chicks were lost.
A curlew nest will typically contain 3 or 4 eggs, but may have fewer if the nest is a second attempt.