Curlew community to put the Peak District’s waders back on the map - Cheshire Wildlife Trust

This World Curlew Day, wildlife organisations are calling on local people to join their curlew community to put the Peak District’s waders back on the map.

Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and the Peak District National Park Authority are today announcing the launch of the South West Peak Curlew Recovery Project. As part of this they hope to create a curlew community of people taking action across the Peak District and surrounding areas. Cheshire Wildlife Trust leads this partnership thanks to the generous donors who supported their appeal to bring wildlife back to Cheshire’s Peak District.

Martin Varley, Director of Nature’s Recovery at Cheshire Wildlife Trust says: “Curlews are one of our fastest declining bird species. Changes in land use, agricultural intensification and habitat fragmentation have all pushed this iconic species to the brink. They are at a tipping point, with a very real threat of becoming extinct in the next few decades if we do not act. However it’s not too late. Isolated we can all look after our own land, deliver our own projects and gather our own data on how the species is doing locally. By joining together as a partnership of multiple charities, landowners, surveyors and local communities, we can really combine the focus and energy needed to build the momentum to bring curlews back to the Peak District.”

To kick off the curlew community, the partnership is hosting a free online event for everyone interested in curlews on Thursday 5th May. Anyone who lives in or visits the South West Peak District area, covering parts of Cheshire, Staffordshire is invited to attend. The partnership is looking for people to record sightings of the bird and take action on their land or in their community.

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Posted On: 21/04/2022

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