Egg Collection

Partnering with the MOD

Fifteen MOD Airfields signed up to partner this unique project and assist with collection of eggs. Airfields have vast expanses of short grass, which is popular nesting habitat for curlew. Active airbases need to protect aircraft safety and birds can be a flight risk, hence gaining a licence to destroy curlew nests.  

Rather than be destroyed this project collects the eggs which are individually numbered and transported in a portable incubator to Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, where they are incubated and cared for through the stages of rearing.  In addition, around 40 eggs each year are donated to a project in Dartmoor, managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.