Curlew SOS

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THE curlew, Europe’s largest wad­ing bird and once cre­ator of a most charm­ing moor­land sound­track, has be­come one of the most press­ing con­cerns for con­ser­va­tion char­i­ties fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion this month of the an­nual the state of the UK’S birds re­port. This shows that 15 species have moved into the red-list cat­e­gory on the Birds of Con­ser­va­tion Con­cern ta­ble; these in­clude five up­land species, with the curlew, which is vul­ner­a­ble to pre­da­tion and habi­tat dis­tur­bance, show­ing a con­tin­u­ing down­ward trend—its global sta­tus is now ‘near threat­ened’. The BTO and GWCT, with a new ap­peal, are now work­ing with other char­i­ties to re­search the curlew’s de­cline, in­volv­ing thou­sands of vol­un­teers and new track­ing tech­nol­ogy. Oth­ers join­ing it on the dreaded red list in­clude the whin­chat, grey wag­tail, com­mon sand-piper, dip­per, mer­lin, pochard, black red­start and dot­terel, but there’s good news for the wood­lark, bearded tit and chough, which are now green-listed. Record­ing has be­gun for the BTO’S Gar­den Birdwatch sur­vey—visit to find out how to help.

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