Urgent Curlew Appeal

UPDATE! Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped us reach our £10,000 target, allowing us to draw down match funds from the Whitley Animal Protection Trust. The £20,000 will ensure that we can fulfil our headstarting activities this season. We are continuing to fund raise for our important work throughout the rest of the year. 

After 4 years of vital curlew recovery work the project now desperately needs your help to save lowland curlews. In 2017 and 18 Curlew Country became the first UK project to rear and release chicks of the rapidly declining Eurasian Curlew. This is a species that has declined by nearly 50% in 25 years in England. Without urgent funding Curlew Country will not be able to continue through the 2019 nesting season. This would jeopardise the future of Lowland curlew and bring an abrupt end to the ground-breaking results achieved by project staff, farming and land managing partners and volunteers.

Based in the Shropshire Hills and Welsh Marches, we work on the ground with the community to help save the local population of curlew. In 2019 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

We urgently need to raise £47,000 in order to continue with our curlew recovery work.

£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

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Thank You!

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