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  1. #11
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    So often 'facts' are presented in a manner that has a clear agenda

    I now give any 'watch a wide berth as it has become far too political

    As soon as shooting is dead and buried you can rest assured that CP and his ilk will take on angling next

    UK breeding: 66,000 pairs
    UK wintering: 140,000 individuals

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    Curlew Bird Facts | Numenius Arquata - The RSPB

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    Local farmer did well out of a government lapwing project. They gave him £4500 to fence around a field he rented, block up drainage ditches to part flood this 15 acre field. He also got £16,000 per year for 10 years. To my knowledge not one pair successfully raised any young. There was no form of vermin control as part of this contract, it was like ringing a dinner bell. I shot several hundred foxes, trapped several hundred magpies, crows, squirrels etc, near this area but because other landowners didn't control any foxes, magpies, crows etc, it was pretty much a waste of time. Lols
    Also when the birds weren't breeding he was allowed to graze sheep and cows on this field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N1mr0d View Post
    So often 'facts' are presented in a manner that has a clear agenda

    I now give any 'watch a wide berth as it has become far too political

    As soon as shooting is dead and buried you can rest assured that CP and his ilk will take on angling next

    UK breeding: 66,000 pairs
    UK wintering: 140,000 individuals

    Source

    Curlew Bird Facts | Numenius Arquata - The RSPB
    Don't watch the show but I would guess the 400 figure is how many are now found south of Birmingham? At 66,000 the birds have declined by half in 25 years. Local to me numbers have crashed in last five years. So I take your point, but it's still another depressing trend.

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    so far this season I've counted over 18 pairs just in wensleydale so I would say the figure of 400 pairs UK wide is a gross understatement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by george387 View Post
    so far this season I've counted over 18 pairs just in wensleydale so I would say the figure of 400 pairs UK wide is a gross understatement.
    Maybe they like cheese?

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    Maybe they like cheese?
    If they did they would be in the "CHEDDAR " gorge

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    Adding cranberries to Wensleydale was the finest human achievement of the last century. Every curlew knows this and wants a taste of the action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codyarrow View Post
    Don't watch the show but I would guess the 400 figure is how many are now found south of Birmingham? At 66,000 the birds have declined by half in 25 years. Local to me numbers have crashed in last five years. So I take your point, but it's still another depressing trend.
    It's actually the number of pairs in Wales in 2017, down 63% from 1995.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    A Fisherman’s Diary

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