Urgent Curlew Appeal

UPDATE! Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped us with our fundraising appeal so far.  This amazing effort has enabled us to draw down match funds from the Whitley Animal Protection Trust and kept our vital work going through the season.  We are continuing to fund raise for our important work to continue for another season.

After 5 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.

With your help and the generosity of the Whitley Animal Protection Trust and the input of The Heritage Fund (HLF) and new partners The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust we have kept the project going through another successful season.  We are still fundraising for the future and to try and secure a further £10,000 of match funding offered by the Whitley Animal Protection Trust. Our target is £50,000, so donate today and help us reach our goal.

Without urgent funding Curlew Country will not be able to continue its vital work.  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. 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

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

Thank You!

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