Curlew in flight

How you can help curlews

The evocative calls of curlews have heralded the start of spring for generations, but their numbers are plummeting in the UK. Here are just some of the ways you can help them.

Support the Curlew Recovery Programme

Curlew in flight

Any donation you are able to give, no matter how small, will help to create a brighter future for curlews by funding vital habitat management work.

Eat chocolate. Save curlews.

Chocolate eggs in a fake nest

Artisan chocolatier Mirrie Dancers is producing limited edition chocolate eggs to support the RSPB’s Curlew Recovery Programme. With an average of £1.49 donated to the RSPB for each bag sold, what better excuse to treat yourself?

Events

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    • The vanishing song of the curlew, RSPB Dove Stone, Greater Manchester

      The vanishing song of the curlew, RSPB Dove Stone, Greater Manchester

      Sun 6 May

      Join us for a leisurely four-mile walk to look (and listen) for curlews and other wildlife in their beautiful moorland home. You’ll find out more about curlews and the work being done to help them.

      Book your place
    • Whaap night, Quarff Hall, Lerwick, Shetland

      Whaap night, Quarff Hall, Lerwick, Shetland

      Sat 12 May

      This musical celebration of curlews features birdsong, art and live music, as well as wader walks, knitting patterns, wader art and even chocolate curlew eggs! Fun for all the family, to mark “Curlew Crisis Month”.

      Buy a ticket
    • Curlew cruise, RSPB Lower Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh

      Curlew cruise, RSPB Lower Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh

      Sat 19 May
      Join us on the Lady of the Lake cruiser, for a guided boat tour of Lough Erne. With an RSPB warden as your guide, explore one of the last strongholds, and most important breeding sites, of the iconic and rapidly-declining curlew.

      Step aboard
    • Curlew calling, RSPB Geltsdale, Cumbria

      Curlew calling, RSPB Geltsdale, Cumbria

      Sat 19 May

      This evening of music and poetry will celebrate the landscape and birdlife of the northern hills, featuring The Talkin Fellas, Stooshie and the poet Karen Lloyd.

      Join the fun
    • Woods and moors dawn chorus walk, Eastern Moors, The Peak District, Derbyshire

      Woods and moors dawn chorus walk, Eastern Moors, The Peak District, Derbyshire

      Sun 27 May
      Discover the delights of the dawn chorus in the woods and on the moor itself. You will find out how we look after threatened species such as curlews and ring ouzels, as well as what you can do to help us protect them.

      Book now
    • Curlew Moon at Hay Festival, Powys

      Curlew Moon at Hay Festival, Powys

      Fri 1 June

      Known for its evocative call, the curlew has inspired poetry, art and music. Join Mary Colwell, author of Curlew Moon, the RSPB’s Martin Harper and curlew species champion Mark Isherwood for a celebration of this iconic bird.

      Buy a ticket

    Knit a curlew hat

    Wooly hat with curlew design

    Show your support for curlews by knitting this fabulous curlew hat, designed especially for the RSPB by Linda Shearer of the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitter, Weavers and Dyers.

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