Curlew in Herefordshire

Curlew in Herefordshire

Curlew (Numenius arquata) adult in breeding habitat in early morning light, Scotland, UK - Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Curlew declined by 46% across the UK from 1994 to 2010 and the species was added to the UK red list in in December 2015. The exact number of breeding pairs of curlew in Herefordshire is unknown but is estimated to now be less than 25 pairs. The Birds of Herefordshire report of 2019 states that there were 161 records from 35 sites – a slight decrease in records from the previous year. (We are recruiting more volunteers this year to help increase our knowledge of curlew numbers in the county and expand our protection work.) In 2020 confirmed breeding was reported at eight sites but only six chicks were confirmed to have fledged successfully.

Support our efforts to monitor and conserve Herefordshire's curlew

Many thanks to those who have already donated towards our curlew appeal. We have raised over £600 so far. This is being spent on:

  • Camera traps and temperature loggers to monitor nest activity
  • Energisers for our electric fencing
  • Weighing scales to weigh eggs

As well as being able to see if and when eggs hatch and chicks nest, this equipment also means we can better understand the disturbance and predation pressures affecting breeding curlew.

Any funds raised also help to cover staff and volunteer support and training.

Curlew Conservation Appeal


Curlew, Numenius arquata, in flight, Peak District National Park, UK, June - Ben Hall/2020VISION