Up, down and a possible turnaround? - Oxfordshire's Curlews past, present and future  -  Mike Pollard

One of our rarest and most charismatic breeding birds, the Curlew is the "poster-bird" of hay meadows and pastures in Oxfordshire and is now officially the UK's highest priority bird for conservation action.


In his talk Mike will explore the history and ecology of Curlews in the BOS area from colonisation in the 1930s, through the golden years of Curlew expansion to the recent steep decline.  He will also share findings from the latest research and conservation initiatives that are showing how the Curlew decline might be reversed.

Updated 26th March 2020

Due to the current Covid 19 outbreak, the BOS has cancelled the April and May indoor meetings. If the current travel & social distancing restrictions remain in place or increase, we will also have to cancel the outdoor meetings scheduled for June through August. Read more ...

COVID-19 Update 25th March 2020: This survey will not go ahead this year due to government travel restrictions.

A survey of breeding birds, conducted using 3 visits over 3 months to a random 1km square. Read more ...

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