The Duchy of Cornwall shares its continued involvement in recovering endangered Curlew birds on Dartmoor, one of the most important Southerly breeding populations.
Curlew, classified on the UK Birds of Conservation Concern’s ‘Red list’, breeding population has declined by 85% since 1985. This year, the Duchy of Cornwall continues to support the conservation of the species and will drive forward the recovery project again this summer.
The Dartmoor Curlew Recovery Project takes place on Duchy land, where landscape scale plans have been devised to enhance Curlew habitat, undertake targeted predator control and use an innovative technique developed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to ‘head-start’ Curlew.
The WWT and Natural England identified Curlew eggs laid alongside RAF runways in East Anglia that are otherwise removed to protect aircraft, could be incubated, with the chicks reared to support smaller populations elsewhere. The Dartmoor project is the first UK upland example of its kind for Curlew conservation.
Tom Stratton, Land Steward at the Duchy of Cornwall in Devon, said:
Duchy of Cornwall farm tenants and brothers, Neil and Mat Cole, have played a pivotal role with support from the RSPB, Natural England and the Dartmoor National Park Authority, to spearhead the conservation of Curlew.
Neil Cole, Duchy of Cornwall Tenant, says:
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