Following four years’ work helping lapwings in the area, the focus of the project has now shifted to curlews.
Breeding curlews have suffered 80 per cent 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 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. We will also be trying to involve local people and visitors, through a modest series of public events and 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.