Poetry Books Raising Funds for Curlew Appeal

Tales from the Wild and Birds and Beasts Book Review by Amber Bicheno Two newly published booklets of poetry and prose have been released, and Author Nigel Sustins has kindly pledged that £2 from each sale will be donated to the Curlew Country Appeal. With a local theme, both of these charming booklets evoke life in the Countryside, whilst bringing to light some of t...
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Westminster Curlew Debate

On Tuesday 17th October Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury, initiated a debate on Lowland Curlew. Below are some of the key points brought up during the 30 minute debate. At the current rate of loss, Curlew will disappear from Southern England within the next 8 years. The main cause for this decline is the failure to produce fledged young, primarily due to predation. The...
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Inspired by Curlew Country

Inspired by Curlew Country – Blog by Jonathan Groom My name is Jonathan Groom and I am the Monitoring Officer for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, and also the regional representative for the British Trust for Ornithology in Shropshire. I used to work in Shropshire and have lived there for several years now and become quite attached to the county and its birds. I have been a ...
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International Wader Study Group

Report back from the International Wader Study Group Conference Part 2: So much to think about and solutions urgently needed by Amanda Perkins, Curlew Country Project Manager Read part 1 here. Following our trip to the International Wader Study Group Conference in Prague, my mind has been buzzing with all the interesting things that I learnt, but also in frustration about...
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Report from the International Wader Study Group Conference

Part 1: An Invitation to Prague By Amanda Perkins, Curlew Country Project Manager   In the middle of September Tony Cross, the project’s Consultant Ornithologist, and I were privileged to attend the International Wader Study Group Conference in Prague. A workshop on the plight of curlew had been organised as part of the event and we had been encouraged to make a presentation...
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The Curlew Cam Family

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Curlew Cam Family – by Amanda Perkins, Project Manager Thank you to all of you who engaged in the Curlew Cam journey to see the hatching of chicks. Many of you said it was rather too distracting and in fact it was so distracting for us, that we had turned it off at the moment that all the action started and the chicks and adults were calling...
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Curlew Calling Anthology

Curlew Calling Anthology edited by Karen Lloyd This beautifully written and illustrated book was the brainchild of Karen Lloyd. Karen is a multi -talented artist, who became involved with the Curlew Country project when she was commissioned as part of a team working on a series of arts activities to celebrate curlew in 2015. Karen had recently written a book about Morecombe...
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A Case For Curlew – A day out with Sticks and Stuff

Blog by Amber Bicheno, Curlew Country Trainee Between the 3rd and 5th of August I joined Sticks and Stuff’s pop up art gallery, up at the Blakemoorgate cottages on the Stiperstones. Sticks and Stuff is an arts group that celebrates nature and local landscapes, making beautiful creations out of reclaimed and natural materials. Kate Johnston is the organiser and main artist, and...
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False Reassurances

Each year, someone within the project area publishes a photo of a number of adult curlew and suggests that the population level is not a problem and even that curlew are, despite the evidence, breeding successfully.  Our attention has been drawn to this happening in July of this year.  Below we address why this can be an issue... The Curlew Country team work very hard ea...
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The Oakdale Saga – The challenge faced by farmers and chicks

Wynford Jones and his wife Joyce were the first farmers to contact the Landscape Partnership Scheme when it was set up back in 2013. With my colleague John Brayford, I am responsible for the Farming Project and took the call. Wynford was in fact phoning not for advice, but to say that he was not interested in participating in the Landscape Partnership Scheme. To cut a long ...
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