A wildlife campaigner who is in the middle of a 500-mile challenge to walk across Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of the declining numbers of curlew is set to visit one of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s most iconic reserves next week.
Mary Colwell is also a writer and producer and she began her walk on April 21 in Ireland and will finish on May 29 in Lincolnshire. On Thursday 19th May she will visit the Trust’s Roaches nature reserve.
Mary is raising awareness of the endangered curlew, which became a red-listed species in December 2015. Curlews need wet, rough pasture to nest, and their decline has largely been driven by both loss of this habitat and predation.
“Curlew were once so common it was taken for granted they would always grace our wilderness, but in Ireland they have declined by 97 per cent, in Wales by 80 per cent and an average of 50 per cent throughout England over the last 20 years.”
While at the Roaches, where curlew have regularly been spotted in the past, she hopes to speak to local people about the bird’s plight.
Mary is looking forward to visiting Staffordshire to raise awareness of the curlew.
“I’ve now travelled through Ireland and Wales and half way through England tracking the curlew. I’m really glad I’ll be visiting the Roaches in Staffordshire during the walk, I grew up just down the road from here in Leek Road.”
For more information visit Mary’s website www.curlewmedia.com. You can also follow the progress of her challenge on Twitter – @curlewcalls