The Role Curlew and other breeding wader species in the UK have seen major population declines due to large-scale landscape changes throughout the 20th century which has resulted in habitat loss and increased generalist predator numbers. Northern Ireland Curlew specifically has declined by 82% since the 80’s, with only an estimated 250 pairs left we are in a race against time to stabilise and reverse this population decline. The Glenwherry area within the Antrim Plateau has the highest concentration of Curlew outside of an RSPB reserve in Northern Ireland. An Agri-environmental scheme partnership between farmers, DAERA, and the RSPB has been established with the aim to deliver landscape-scale conservation to halt and reverse the decline of this iconic species.

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