BACKGROUND TO CURLEW COUNTRY PROJECT
The Curlew Country project started in 2014 as the Ground nesting Birds Recovery project, one of 14 projects forming the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS).
The project quickly developed from the profile that was included in the LPS. The original focus was on awareness-raising within the LPS area together with some low key monitoring. The existing Curlew Country Project places great importance on working constructively with land managers to find out what is preventing the curlew from breeding successfully and then taking pragmatic steps to save the curlew. Generally we have found that local people treasure the curlew population and are keen to help. Core funding was sought and technical and ornithological expertise of local partners was engaged through the formation of a Project Advisory Group.
Since the end of the LPS in early 2018, the project has continued following funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to trial new intervention methods in the race top save curlew. These have included predation control, both lethal and non-lethal, as well as headstarting. This is the process of collecting eggs from wild nests under licence, and incubating them artificially to be reared and released back into the wild.
For more information on Nest Monitoring and previous years reports click here.