Curlew Country

Day 4

  Both birds take turns to incubate the eggs with a changeover every few hours. The bird not incubating goes to feed nearby if possible and keeps a look out for predators. From time to time you may hear that bird alarm calling from a distance when it senses danger. The alarm calls are shorter …

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Day 3

Curlew Comment The pair are both ‘colour ringed’. You can see the rings on their legs when they stand up in the nest. Tony Cross the project ornithologist ringed these birds and many other curlew at their pre-breeding roost on the River Severn as part of the project work. Please report other colour ring sightings …

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Day 2

  The nest area is fenced temporarily with strands of electric wire to deter mammalian predators such as foxes and badgers. One of our project partners, the Game and Wildife Conservation Trust, told us about a NABU project in Schleswig-Holstein where Natalie Meyer had trialled fences around curlew nests for the first time with success. …

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Day 1

  Curlew are ground-nesting birds. We think that this is the pair that has already tried to nest on a nearby piece of grassland on a common, but their nest was predated either by crows or badgers, so this is a second attempt at nesting.  The ornithologist was drawn to the first attempt at nesting …

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A day out with Curlew Country… by Heather Scott

Heather Scott, a placement student gaining work experience as part of a Harper Adams University Countryside Management Course spent some time with Tony Cross, ornithologist and Amanda Perkins, project manager on Monday 15th May.  She has written a piece about her experience. We started out from the office at about mid-day as Mandi had to …

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Outside Insights… A visit from Slimbridge

On Monday 22nd May, Mike Smart from the ‘Call of the Curlew, Slimbridge Symposium’ group visited the project. Mandi and Tony had been privileged to go with Mike and Natalie Meyer from the NABU project looking around wader nesting sites in Gloucester and Worcester, before they all participated in the Slimbridge symposium the following day. …

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