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What we do
Image: Steve Round
Following four years’ work helping lapwings in the area, the focus of the project has now shifted to curlews.
Breeding curlews have suffered 80% declines across Wales in recent decades – the wider Hiraethog area (central north Wales) now holds Wales’ largest population. We will be trying to find out how these birds use the landscape and how they interact with livestock and farming operations, potential predators and each other. In addition to our own close observations, this will involve finding out more information from farmers and sharing our findings with them. We should then be able to provide better advice to farmers on how best to help their birds, including making the most of the new Welsh agri-environment scheme, Glastir. We will also be trying to involve local people and visitors more, through a modest series of public events and, most exciting, a programme of work with local schools.
2011 marks the Centenary of the RSPB’s work in Wales – the curlew has been chosen as RSPB Cymru’s centenary bird and money raised through centenary fund-raising will go to help curlew conservation work in Wales. We want to ensure the long term future for curlews here and apply lessons learned elsewhere.
1. Timed, close observations of about 10 pairs of curlews.
2. Modest programme of public events (BOOKING ESSENTIAL): -
Wednesday 27th April, 10am-1pm – ‘Flight of the Curlew’ (guided walk - north Hiraethog)
Sunday 8th May, 10am-12.30pm – ‘Curlew Encounters’ (guided walk with Conwy County Borough Council - Pentrefoelas area)
Sunday 22nd May, 10am-1pm - Guided event with the National Trust in the Ysbyty Ifan area
Sunday 29th May, 10am-1pm – ‘Curlew Capers’ (guided walk - north Hiraethog)
Sunday 19th June, 10am-1pm - 'Curlews - the next generation?!' Guided walk in the Pentrefoelas area: Bookings - RSPB Cymru North Wales Office (01248) 672850
Dave ElliottUpland Lapwing Project officerE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Farmers, Land-owners and Communities
Countryside Council for Wales
Conwy County Borough Council
Snowdonia National Park Authority
Environment Agency Wales
National Trust (Ysbyty Estate)
Local Tir Gofal and Glastir teams (Welsh Government)