The Curlew Walk - 500 miles for curlews

by marycolwell1 in Bristol

We did it
On 1st March 2016 we successfully raised £3,767 with 131 supporters in 28 days

On April 21st I set out on a 500 mile walk to raise money and awareness about the decline of curlews. Please help me to help curlews.

by marycolwell1 in Bristol

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HelenWharam 26th February 2016

Good luck Mary and thank you for raising our awareness. The curlew is one of my favourite birds with such a bewitching call. Happy to help.

Sue Mayer 23rd February 2016

I love the call of the curlew. It's great that you're doing this walk. I have written about the curlew in my new novel, Trio, out in May. Good luck. Sue Gee

Sue Peck 23rd February 2016

Good luck Mary - I had read that these lovely birds were disappearing rapidly so was very pleased to see an article about your walk in today's I paper, by Michael McCarthy. I live very near Crosby beach in Liverpool and these little birds are a beautiful and intrinsic part of the beach - will look forward to your updates.

Irene Stowe 23rd February 2016

So sad that these iconic birds are critically endangered. I listen to them when moored close to Breydon Water in Norfolk. Wishing you success in your wonderful walk.

Carol B 22nd February 2016

Good luck with your walk, cant believe how many have disappeared. I used to see them on our farm in Wales, they were always a joy to see and hear.

paul.seligman 21st February 2016

I love the sound of curlews on the uplands and they are almost gone as a breeding bird in Wales. They are classified as 'near threatened' globally due to population declines in key populations and are not far off the criterion for globally threatened. Good luck, Mary.

stephen.hackett.980 20th February 2016

The very best of luck, Mary. The sound of a curlew is so evocative of the uplands and estuaries where I have spent so much time in my life, and I do not want to imagine the countryside without it.

Eve Templeton 18th February 2016

Best of luck on a very worthwhile project. These birds are beautiful and it would be so sad to lose them. You would be welcome to a bed in South Cumbria but I see it's not on your route. I look forward to the blog!

Welshmackem  18th February 2016

Good luck Mary. I absolutely love curlews and have a curlew call as the ring-tone on my mobile phone. Get to see quite a few in NE England.

Graeme Cox 17th February 2016

Hardly ever seen one due to my location but read lots and every other tv programme features their beautiful voices (Midsomer, Vera, Countryfile etc) - absolutely my favourite bird! Good luck and I hope you enjoy the experience, I am jealous

normanhow 17th February 2016

Great effort I sincerely hope it pays off in saving these wonderful birds. Do we know exactly why their numbers are falling ? I hope some of the money goes towards addressing the cause of the decline.

Caro McAdam 15th February 2016

Hi Mary, I love curlews and am horrified at their decline. Thank you for raising awareness and good luck with your walk. I'm in London so can't offer to put you up or join you, but I hope I'll be able to follow your progress online. It's a great thing you're doing!

gillydormouse 13th February 2016

My father once told me that the curlew was 'the BBC bird' because its call was used so often in radio programmes to evoke the sense of the wild. Good luck with your walk, I hope it brings you joy x

Elena Green 8th February 2016

Hope your awareness campaign succeeds in improving nesting sites and curlew habitat..This makes better world for everyone. Good luck


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