As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 1 November 2012

Curlew removed from Irish hunting list, but more action needed

BirdWatch Ireland welcomes ban on Curlew hunting but calls for more action to save it within Ireland
October 2012. BirdWatch Ireland has welcomed the recent announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, that the Curlew will be removed from the list of huntable species in the Republic of Ireland, but has warned that such a ban in itself falls short of the range of actions urgently needed to save the breeding population of this, one of our nation's most iconic birds.

Fewer than 200 pairs in Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland surveys have shown that numbers of breeding Curlews have declined drastically over the past 20 years and that there are now probably fewer than 200 nesting pairs left in the Republic of Ireland.

While the Curlew was, for generations, one of the most cherished and evocative creatures of the Irish countryside, its extinction as a breeding bird here now seems certain unless additional urgent action is taken. Land use changes and habitat loss have driven the declines in breeding Curlews, as well as those of other breeding waders such as Lapwing and Redshank.

Anita Donaghy, BirdWatch Ireland's Curlew Project Officer, noted, "Over the last year, BirdWatch Ireland has brought these concerns both to Minister Deenihan and to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, calling on the Government to draw up a coordinated plan of actions to address habitat needs for Curlews without delay. BirdWatch Ireland is carrying out a range of actions across the country for Curlews but believes that alone it cannot achieve all that is required to prevent the species loss as an Irish breeding bird."

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