The curlew could be extinct within the next decade


The government is looking to hire conservationists to help prevent the iconic wading bird, the Eurasian curlew, from becoming extinct within the next decade.

The migratory bird, with its distinctive long legs and long, downward-curving beak, is at serious risk of extinction due to predation and agricultural practices and “could disappear as a breeding species in Ireland within 5 10 years,” according to a tweet from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

There are just over a hundred pairs of birds in the Republic, which has seen a 97% decline in the bird population here since 1990.

To prevent the extinction of the species – which is also listed as “near threatened” on the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Marine has set up an initiative this year with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to save birds from extinction.

Departments are now looking for conservationists to work with the Curlew Conservation Program which was established in 2017. The National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Agro-Ecology Unit has put out tenders for a number roles to protect existing curlews from other threats to their survival and to conserve them as a species.

The program involves local teams of councillors, community engagement and nest protection officers who work with landowners and other local interests to protect curlew nesting attempts and improve habitat quality.

“The program puts the landowner and the birds at the center of all considerations, with the key goals of giving curlews a better chance of raising chicks and preventing the population from sliding further into extinction,” according to the program. Curlew Protection Program.

Last year he focused on nine areas of Ireland which are key breeding grounds including: Stack’s Mountains in Kerry, Lough Ree, Roscommon/Mayo, Leitrim, North Monaghan, Donegal, Lough Corrib, Slieve Aughties and Laois/Kildare.


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