Urgent Curlew Appeal

UPDATE! Hurrah we have raised over £50,000.   Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped us with our fundraising appeal.  This amazing effort has enabled us to draw down match funds from the Whitley Animal Protection Trust and together with the help of the Heritage Fund (HLF) and partners for the 2019 season – The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, we will manage to keep our vital work going through until March 2020.

 We are continuing to fundraise for the future of the project.

Based in the Shropshire Hills and Welsh Marches, we work on the ground with the community to help save the local population of curlew. We need your help to win the race against time to save these iconic wading birds.  We are raising money to rear curlew chicks to fledging in the next breeding season. This process known as ‘headstarting’ is a cost-effective way to boost curlew numbers now until other urgent but more complicated issues such as habitat management and predation control can be funded. 

Your donation will help us keep the call of the curlew alive for the next generation! 

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We act quickly in response to our findings

£45 will feed a chick from hatching to fledging

£52 will buy a brooder to keep young chicks warm

£200 will pay for outdoor shelter for young chicks

£500 pays for an upgraded incubator for the curlew eggs

£10,000 will pay for an ornithologist to find nests

£10,000 will pay for an assistant to care for eggs and chicks

We produce real results

Curlew Country has achieved a number of UK firsts: 

Trialled temporary electric fences around nests to increase hatching success.

Introduced the first live camera on a curlew nest, captivating, local, UK wide and international audiences to raise awareness of the plight of curlew . 

Obtained the first licence to rear and release curlew chicks and successfully fledged numbers to start recovery of the local population numbers .

Produced a curlew observation training DVD to help local partners and anyone else organising realistic curlew recovery work.

We work with farmers and land managers - the people who can deliver on the ground.

Other Ways to Donate:

You can send a cheque made payable to “Ground-nesting Birds Recovery Group” to

Curlew Country, Rigmoreoak, Pennerley, Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0NE

Or send a Bank transfer to:

Sort Code 40-46-07, Account No. 21568655

Recording by Krzysztof Deoniziak, XC247697. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/247697

Thank You!

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