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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By Charlie Bell (March 2020) Field Trip to The Bog & Hope Valley Nature ReserveThe first of three planned field visits around the Stepping Stones Project Area took place on 8th March with around 25 attendees. The group was hosted by the Marches Meadow Group and...
Shropshire Ornithological Society Appeal in support of the Save our Curlews Campaign The recently published Birds of Shropshire estimated that the Curlew population has declined by 77% between 1990 and 2010, down to only around 160 pairs, and it has continued to...
By Charlie Bell (March 2020) IntroductionThanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, three Stepping Stones Project community meetings were held across the project area in late January and early February 2020. These were organised, run and facilitated...
Shropshire’s Community Wildlife Groups
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