Wild New Forest have helped to co-ordinate survey work on breeding Curlews in the New Forest National Park since 2016, in partnership with Forestry England and others. We also contribute to the Curlew Forum, which comprises a network of Curlew projects across lowland southern England; our New Forest population of 45 pairs represents about 10% of this regional population, and is the further southeast in the UK.
In Feb 2021, Russ was appointed as Manager of England's Curlew Recovery Partnership, which is a new initiative aiming to improve co-ordination and effectiveness of Curlew conservationists across the country, whether they be major landowners or enthusiastic individuals. This is a full-time role, initially for an 18-month period. However, it will not affect the overall capacity of Wild New Forest, as Marcus has moved across full-time from 01 Apr. The Curlew Recovery Partnership officially launched on 01 Mar 2021 and the website can be accessed here:
Russ has produced a welcome blog for the Curlew Recovery Partnership website, which uses the findings from the last five years here in the New Forest as an example of the many challenges facing our breeding Curlews - the blog can be viewed here:
We have just started our New Forest breeding wader fieldwork for the 2021 survey season, and will be putting out a call for public sightings to support this work via our Wild New Forest Facebook page.