People encouraged to report sightings of the Curlew for conservation project

People are encouraged to report sightings of the Curlew as part of a conservation project.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, is encouraging members of the public to report sightings of the bird to the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Curlew Conservation Programme is focussing, as a pilot, on six of the most important areas in Ireland for breeding Curlew, which includes the Stack’s Mountains in Kerry.

Funding is available for landowners who engage in the programme through the construction of habitat improvement works.

The aim is to stop the loss of one of Ireland’s most iconic wildlife species, which has otherwise been sliding towards extinction in recent times.