In 2008, the Eurasian curlew was deemed of global conservation concern and became listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species making it the UK’s highest conservation priority bird species.
Previous work suggests that poor breeding success is likely to be the main driver with other reasons including predation of eggs and loss of suitable breeding habitat.
Reversing the fortunes of such a widely distributed breeding bird will require the roll-out of appropriate management across large areas of the curlews’ range. Our Curlew Trial Management Project is undertaking vital research to test whether a combination of predator control and habitat management can successfully increase nesting success. If effective, it can help inform the development of new management options.