East of England
Curlew Recovery Project
Rescue | Rear | Release
Recovering Curlew through the collection of eggs from airfields, captive-rearing, and release into the wild.
The UK’s Curlew population has declined by around 65% in the last three decades, largely driven by poor nest and chick survival.
Eastern England is home to one of the largest remaining populations in lowland England where Curlew often favour the extensive expanses of semi-natural grassland habitat present on airfields.
However, due to air strike risk, eggs from nesting Curlew have historically been destroyed under licence on many airfields.
We are using a new conservation tool – ‘Headstarting’, whereby eggs are collected soon after laying, the chicks reared in captivity and then released back into the wild.
Report a Sighting
To monitor the behaviour and movements of headstarted Curlew post-release, we depend on members of the public to report sightings of these birds.
Please use our form to report a sighting of an Eastern England headstarted Curlew.
Sunday 25th May was a very exciting day with six curlew chicks hatching! Carswell (YJ)…
From the fluffy, speckled chicks of spring, our season of curlew head-starting starts to come…
On the 8th July RAF partners who advise on the environmental protection and RAF safety on…
Tried the Lincolnshire fens for a few weeks after release but decided that Brittany was more interesting at this time of year.
Currently residing on the shores of southern Ireland after a sightseeing trip over the Celtic Sea.
After skirting the shores of The Wash Hope has settled in a quiet spot near Gedney, not far from Holbeach Air Weapons range.