The curlew is a regular visitor to our salt marshes. In winter you might be lucky to see a curfew of 50 or so salt marsh curlew. You can also see them in summer but not so many. So how come they share the same conservation status as the jaguar?
Sadly in many parts of the country they are disappearing. So we need to take action before the population falls any further.
Curlew numbers in the UK have halved over the last 25 years. So they are now on the UK red list. The UK holds about 20-25% of the global breeding population. Most of these curlews breed in the uplands in the north. There is estimated to be only 2,000 breeding pairs remaining in southern, lowland areas. So there is a real risk that soon there will be no breeding curlews in Ireland, Wales and lowland southern England.
It is because the curlews are not able to successfully rear young that the numbers are plummeting. So when today’s adults die there may be no “next generation” to take their place.
The reasons for this are:
PS Thanks to the Curlew Recovery Partnership for these facts.
The curlew is an indicator species. So when things are bad for the curlew they are also bad for other species. Getting conditions right for breeding curlews will also benefit other ground nesting birds and many other associated species. It will be win win for the curlew, biodiversity and us.
Well here are some links to organisations trying to save this wonderful creature.
Please note that the Friends have no connection to any of the organisations listed on this page. So it is up to you to check their validity.