Since completing the 500 mile walk for curlews in 2016, and organising 4 national conferences, curlew conservation has come a long way.

The situation is still desperate but there are new initiatives across the country. Headstarting (raising wild collected eggs in captivity and then releasing the chicks) and the use of thermal imagery on drones to find nests are being trialled to save curlew populations on the brink of extinction in southern England. From tracking, more in known about curlew migration and feeding and new projects are being established to target their specific needs. However, the continual threat of hunting in France in the winter is still a problem.

Considering what we know now compared to three years ago, is there hope for the UK’s largest wading bird?

Mary will be signing copies of her book Curlew Moon on the WILD Sounds & Books stand M3/48-53 from 10:45 for approximately 30 minutes.

Date(s) - 16/08/2019
10:00 am - 10:20 am

Merlin Lecture Theatre