Day 24


citizen science helped to highlight the decline of shropshire curlewFor over a decade local Community Wildife Groups have been carrying out adult wader surveys from rights of way according to British Trust for Ornithology methodology. This citizen science discovered the dramatic decline in the local curlew population and now informs the project about curlew territories helping to point the nest finding team in the right direction. Over the last two years a member of one of these groups has found a curlew nest and this year it has been the first nest to hatch chicks, which he helped to radio tag.

Curlew Fact

Curlew chicks leave the nest soon after hatching, staying put for just a couple of days before venturing out in search of food.

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