Second Lisbon airport – update

Following this news item in February 2020: here are the latest developments. On 18 March 2020 the European Commission Directorate-General for Environment – Nature Protection Unit responded with this letter: 20200917 Ares rn 1629610-Reply (PDF). On 19 August 2020 Mike Smart replied on behalf of the Curlew Forum Steering […]

Colour-ringed Curlews in Cornwall

Devoran on the Fal estuary in Cornwall is a site where observers, under the leadership of Mark Grantham, regularly look out for wintering Curlews, especially those with colour-rings. Two colour-ringed birds have been regular visitors to Devoran in recent winters, showing yet again the well-known site fidelity of wintering Curlews. […]

Curlews on Golf Courses

Curlews nest on grassland, so why not on golf courses? Rosemary Thompson has sent us the attached pictures of Curlews nesting on the Colne Golf Club at Colne in Lancashire. She comments: “The groundsmen spotted the nest and roped it off, and the tees were rearranged so that that they […]

Fire at Darwen Moor hits Curlew broods

Message from Stephen Martin: You may have heard about the disastrous wildfire over Darwen Moor, near Bolton, Lancashire, (2.5km²) last weekend (30/31 May). Survey work has always established a good density of breeding Curlew in that section of the West Pennine Moors (up to 6 pairs/km²). The loss of an […]

Curlew nest lost at Asham Meadow

Asham Meadow is a traditional hay meadow along the River Avon, near the village of Eckington in Worcestershire. It is one of the few remaining ‘Lammas Meadows’ still active in the country. Lammas Meadows are operated on a strip system that goes back to the Middle Ages, with different owners […]

Flies’ eggs on hatching Curlew eggs

Richard Tyler has taken some fascinating pictures of flies’ eggs on a hatching Curlew egg – not an occurrence that is widely noted in the literature. He and others have been monitoring a Curlew’s nest on the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire – in itself a rare event, of which more below. […]

Worcestershire Curlew nest

Nowadays most nesting Curlews in Worcestershire are found in the floodplain of the Severn and Avon, where they breed in hay meadows with a late hay cut, which generally allows them to bring off their chicks before the hay is brought in. But today’s floodplain nesters probably originated in the […]