The curlew is an iconic bird in Ireland, its mournful, haunting cry once a common sound over the moors and bogs across the countryside. However the native curlew has experienced a serious decline in recent years and breeding pairs are down to less than 200. Numbers are boosted in winter as European birds arrive around the coastline, giving a misleading impression of a plentiful population.
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Curlew, Bannow Bay, County Wexford, Ireland has been featured in the following groups:
European Everyday Life 6th November 2012
Down by the Sea 8th November 2012