Curlew Country Arts Activities


Curlew Conversations

A wader reminiscences project gathering memories of curlew and other waders in case we lose them altogether. The project will also be exploring what has changed over the time that the wader population has been in dramatic decline in case there are clues to how we might help them to survive.

The Case for Curlew

This is a family based project that prompts exploration of people’s thoughts and awareness of the local curlew population.

2016 Curlew Country Arts Project

Mary Colwell-Hector with sculptor, Bill Sample

This was inspired by Mary Colwell-Hector’s ‘Curlew Walk’. Mary walked from the west coast of Ireland to The Wash on the east coast England to raise awareness and funds for curlew. Mary joined our Curlew Country activities as she walked through the Shropshire Hills over the weekend of 14th & 15th May 2016.


Watch the footage below from the final event at Norbury on 9th July 2016, which include especially composed pieces sung by the Curlew Country Choir, and The Severn Whistlers, sculpture by Bill Sample.

Celebrating Curlew –

The Arts Project helped to raise awareness of the plight of local curlew and highlight the work being done by the Curlew Recovery Project to try and halt this drastic decline. Music, words, sculpture and photography were part of the mix to help people get involved and find out more about the threats to local curlew population.

The Curlew Country Arts Project was co-ordinated by wildlife photographer Ben Osborne. He worked with sculptor, Bill Sample, composer and choir-leader, Mary Keith, and author and poet, Karen Lloyd. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Arts project making curlew sculptures

Where have all the curlew gone? This question was posed by writer, Karen Lloyd, in her Guardian Country Diary entry on 13th June 2016.

To read the diary entry follow click here.

Mary Colwell with Curlew ChoirMary Keith and Karen Lloyd talk about the project with Radio Shropshire. To hear this and the Curlew Country Choir during their first session click here.

More information can be found on the Facebook page

 Read more about the project background here…

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