Given the current situation around managing the spread of the Coronavirus, it will come as no surprise that events and activities – including the annual curlew survey – have had to be postponed for the time being.
…But we can still keep our eyes and ears out for curlews!
Although we must of course abide by the Government’s instructions while the coronavirus emergency is ongoing, it doesn’t mean that our efforts to monitor curlew numbers have to cease entirely.
Although it is not possible for our volunteers to conduct the usual surveys, we can ill afford a total loss of data on their population and distribution in 2020.
There are probably now only 120 pairs left in the whole of the Shropshire, and we haven’t got long to save them from local extinction. Therefore, within the restrictions applicable during the coronavirus outbreak, we’d really like to know of any curlews you see or hear.
Surveying and protecting declining species
Wildlife is an important part of our landscape and natural heritage but much of it is disappearing.
Community Wildlife Groups give local people a chance to do something about this by finding and recording wildlife of all types, so that existing populations and habitats can be conserved.
What the groups do
We bring together people interested in wildlife, undertake survey work to establish the status of key wildlife species and their habitats, encourage and enhance local interest in wildlife, and actively promote conservation.
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You’ll have seen the guidance sent yesterday that the Community Wildlife Group surveys are suspended, although if the survey can be done within the coronavirus restrictions on daily exercise, it should be. Further guidance will be provided before the second survey...
Shropshire’s Community Wildlife Groups
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