The Curlew is one of the waders which can be seen feeding at various places around the Essex coast. It’s ‘bubbling’ call is heard across the salt marsh and it is easily recognized by it’s long, down turned bill. However, it is extremely threatened and could disappear completely from our shores. An aging population is not being replaced by younger birds as the Curlew’s breeding habitat is threatened and predation continues to reduce the number of birds that fledge.
In the summer Curlew migrate to their breeding grounds in the northern uplands however this breeding population has halved in the last 25 years. In December 2015 it was added to the UK red list and has become one of the most pressing bird conservation priorities in the UK.
Saturday 21st April is World Curlew Day. In support of the various initiatives in place for Curlew conservation there will be an awareness day and Curlew exhibition at St Lawrence Church Annexe in St Lawrence. This will include Curlew inspired artwork and information displays plus a coffee and cake sale. All proceeds will be donated to Curlew conservation appeals. 10am – 4pm. Any donations of cakes and artwork appreciated. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Then on Wednesday 25th April 7.30pm as part of the regular monthly wildlife talks at St Lawrence Church – ‘New Moon of the Wane – The Curse of the Curlews’ a talk given by Rick Simpson of Wader Quest. Plus another chance to view the exhibition. £4 – Book your place by emailing email@example.com Again all proceed to Curlew appeals.