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Help wanted with local bird surveys

Curlew, Lapwing & other Target Species New helpers wanted, please

There are seven Community Wildlife Groups in the Shropshire Hills AONB that have been monitoring local Curlews, Lapwings and other birds, for many years.

All are planning to start the 2021 bird surveys at the end of March, and the groups are looking for more helpers. So, if you have some time to spend monitoring the iconic birds in your area, please get in touch with your local group.

The main target species are Lapwing and Curlew. If you can recognise these two birds (and preferably their calls), you can make an important contribution.

The survey will be conducted in accordance with Government Coronavirus restrictions.  Usually survey visits are made by people on their own, or by couples, and can be done as daily exercise. 

New helpers will be briefed by email, and a practical (socially-distanced) training session will explain how to go about the survey in early April, if you feel you need it.

The results contribute to the monitoring of the Curlew population in the County by the Shropshire Ornithological Society Save our Curlews Campaign.

You can find more details of your nearest group, and the survey reports from 2020 and previous years, on the Community Wildlife Groups website www.ShropsCWGs.org.uk

If you’re interested in helping, or want more information, please email Leo Smith leo@leosmith.org.uk

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