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.

In March 2020 the BTO launched their Chaffinch Appeal to raise funds to help them research why the UK population of Chaffinch is undergoing a significant decline. Read more ...

A survey where observers are each given a randomly selected 1km square and record all the species encountered and numbers of each for a minimum period of 2 hours between 9am and noon. Read more ...

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