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Title of the project

Curlew Conservation Programme


The Curlew Conservation Programme operates in a manner that could be described as locally-led, with local teams acting with landowners to help breeding Curlew in six of the most important areas in Ireland for the species. The local teams are generally comprised of a Curlew Advisory Officer, a local Curlew Champion and a Nest Protection Officer. The Nest Protection Officer (NPO) is in all cases a hunter. The role of the NPO includes among other things the protection of Curlew nests by use of nest protection fences and/or legal and humane control of Fox, Mink, Hooded Crow and Magpie.


Country Ireland
Level Local, National
Site Stack’s Mountains in Kerry, Lough Ree, North Roscommon and Leitrim, North Monaghan, Donegal and Lough Corrib

Starting date


Habitat Types


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Protected species, Threatened species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Eurasian Curlew - Numenius arquata

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public), Policy work (e.g. positioning of hunting organisations, demonstrating conservation actions)


Leading partners National Parks & Wildlife Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht