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.

The BOS conducted a survey of Yellowhammers in the first 2 weeks of July 2018 to determine their population abundance, distribution and breeding status. All members and the general public were invited to participate. Read more ...

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

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