An important part of the SOS “Save our Curlews” campaign is knowing how many breeding pairs there are, where they are, and the population trends across the County.

In 2019, around 94 – 115 pairs were found altogether, the vast majority of the County population. Over 320 CWG members participated, and put in over 2,370 hours, a clear indication of the commitment of local people to saving our Curlews.

In 2020, the surveys were disrupted by Coronavirus restrictions, but the 10 Community Wildlife Groups located 93-111 Curlew territories

In 2021, these Groups will again be repeating their Curlew surveys (also looking for Lapwing, and, as an optional extra, a number of other threatened species). This usually involves three half-day visits, around 1 April, 1 May and mid-June.

All the groups need more helpers.

For further information about the “Save our Curlews” campaign see the SOS website,

Anyone who wants to help the Save our Curlews campaign is encouraged to get involved in one of the Community Wildlife Groups.

View the Curlew distribution map and Community Wildlife Groups areas here.