Curlews in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Report from Frank Williams in the Forest of Dean – including Curlews in the treetops! The site lies on the eastern side of the Wye valley, very close to where the Forest of Dean escarpment drops down into the Wye valley. Much of the Wye valley on both sides is steeply […]

Polish Curlews again – March 2019

We reported last year on the finding in Poland of a Curlew colour-ringed on the Usk estuary in south Wales by the BTO in winter 2015/16 (see post of 19 September 2018 under News).  It seems likely that the bird spent the winter of 2018/19 back on its usual wintering […]

Curlews in Braydon Forest, North Wiltshire

Braydon Forest is a traditional Curlew breeding area in North Wiltshire, between Malmesbury and Swindon; it is an ancient royal hunting ground, nowadays a land of rolling fields, with a hint of downland, some arable fields, some grassland much of which is cultivated for silage. Historical bird records show that […]

Message from school in Poland

Dear Mary Colwell, We run a small language school in Grodzisk Mazowiecki in Poland. We found a page of  ‘Jestem na pTak’ on Facebook. Its name could be translated ‘I am to say Yes for birds’; however, the name is a pun. Following their page we came across another group of […]

Curlew Country Funding Update

The Curlew Country Team would like say a huge thank you to all of the generous people that have already donated to our urgent appeal. We’ve been getting some amazing messages from people all over the country (and even from other countries!) in support of the work we are doing. […]

Reactions to signs about disturbance

We have recently featured information about signs erected at sites where Curlews and other ground-nesting birds may breed, and where there is a potential for ramblers and dog-walkers, if they stray from the footpaths, to disturb the nesting birds. It is good to see that most visitors respect the signs, […]

Albino Curlew in County Clare, Ireland

We recently showed a picture by Brian Clasper of a leucistic Curlew on its breeding grounds at Upper Teesdale.  Brian mentioned that a near albino bird wintered in Ireland.  Thanks to Tom Murtagh we have now received pictures of what must be the same bird at its wintering area at […]