Curlew Safari

Can the decline in curlew numbers be reversed? One shooting estate has some clever ideas.
The Bolton Castle Estate in the Yorkshire Dales is a valuable breeding ground for curlews and other endangered ground nesting birds. Every year they hold a ‘curlew safari’ to give members of the public a glimpse of bird that’s sadly becoming increasingly rare. 

Caz Graham heads out ‘on safari’ with Bolton Castle’s Tom Orde-Powlett and his head gamekeeper to spot this year’s chicks, hear how management of the grouse moor also creates habitat for other wading birds and how the estate is working with the British Trust for Ornithology. 

She also meets fellow safari goers Amanda Perkins, manager of the UK Lowland Curlew Recovery Project who talks about how they are successfully ‘head-starting’ or raising chicks from eggs and wildlife writer and Cumbrian Curlew campaigner Karen Lloyd who’s edited an anthology of poetry called Curlew Calling.

Bid to help curlews sees first chicks released into wild

Carlie Swain

BBC News

A project in Shropshire to help save a rare bird has released its first batch of hand-reared chicks into the wild.

The Curlew Country Project works on the ground in the Shropshire Hills and Welsh Marches.


The curlew, with its long down-curved bill, is Europe's largest wading bird and it typically nests in open areas of heath and bog at ground level.

Nationally, curlews are already included in the most at risk red category of the latest British Birds of Conservation Concern 4 list.

Staff at the project say 21 chicks have now been reared and the first batch of chicks has flown freely outside their enclosure.