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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 29.1 October 2017

Curlews in crisis

By - Mary Colwell, Alan Lauder, Anita Donaghy, Barry O'Donoghue

The Eurasian Curlew has long been a familiar sight on estuaries and saltmarsh in winter, and on its moorland breeding strongholds in summer. The species, however, is currently declining at an alarming rate in the UK, earning it the dubious title of being our ‘most pressing bird conservation priority’. Mary Colwell describes her personal journey to raise awareness about the plight of the species, while Alan Lauder, Anita Donaghy and Barry O’Donoghue discuss the conservation of curlews in Ireland.

My Curlew year began in January 2016, when I was standing alone in the cold and rain by the edge of the sea in Norfolk, watching Curlews feed on the mud of The Wash. It ended in November, at a smart golf club in central Ireland, surrounded by like-minded numeniophiles.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist