Highest level of conservation concern
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) or simply Curlew has a distinctive bubbling call which you may have heard while walking over moorland or on a coastal marsh. It is the largest wader in its range. It has a mottled greyish-brown plumage and a white rump which is most noticeable in flight. It is easily identified by its long greyish-blue legs and long downturned curved bill. They breed in a number of habitats, including moorland, open boggy areas and traditionally-manged hayfields. After breeding, they migrate to coastal areas of sand and mudflats. Curlew is listed on the Northern Ireland Priority Species List as a species of principal importance for the purpose of conserving biodiversity.
Experts from across the UK and Ireland outlined the issues, problems, and potential solutions. A wide range of stakeholders attended. In the morning, speakers from Northern Ireland outlined local work to improve the conservation status of Curlew. Speakers from Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England outlined conservation action for Curlew taking place at a broader scale.
In the afternoon, in two workshop sessions, attendees were asked to contribute the development of a new Species Action Plan (SAP) for Curlew. Recent evidence has shown that these can make a difference to the conservation of threatened bird species.
Workshop agenda and presentations
‘Setting the scene locally’
- Status of Curlew in Northern Ireland: Kendrew Colhoun (RSPB)
- Northern Ireland Lowland Breeding Wader Survey: Katherine Booth-Jones (BTO)
- Habitat Management for Breeding Waders within a DAERA agri-environment scheme: Alan Morrow (DAERA)
- Lowland Reserve Management for Breeding Curlew in Fermanagh: Brad Robson (RSPB)
‘Wider Curlew conservation’
- Curlew Action in Republic of Ireland: Alan Lauder
- UK and International Curlew Action: Sarah Sanders (UK Curlew Recovery Programme Manager, RSPB)
- Curlew Conservation Action in Wales: Patrick Lindley (Natural Resources Wales)
- Identifying problems and testing solutions: James Pearce-Higgins (Director of Science, BTO)
A report from the workshop will be available from this page once it's published.