Curlew tagging and tracking
In 2016 Curlew Country field ornithologist, Tony Cross, satellite tagged two Curlew at Dolyd Hafren. This is a Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust site on the River Severn where migratory birds stop to feed and rest. The tags were kindly donated from an organisation called Ecology Matters. We have named the two birds Doly and Fran. Sadly we have lost contact with Fran but Dolly has overwintered in Wexford and has now returned to her breeding grounds in The Forest of Bowland you can check out her location data below as it comes in. Once the days get longer and brighter we hope her teg battery charges enough to give us GPX fixes the yellow rings show the accuracy of the satellite location fix.
You can follow their progress on the interactive map below:
You can switch to google earth view by enlarging the map with the icon in the top right of the map then click the google earth icon in the bottom left of the new map view.
Doly was spotted in Forest of Bowland by Gavin Thomas from Bowland RSPB. He told us “She has mated up and has a nest in a damp rushey sheep grazed pasture. There are several pairs of Curlew and other waders nesting in this area with a good mix of moorland-edge acid grassland, damp rushy pasture and late cut meadows above Stocks Reservoir”. He also managed to take her photo along with her mate when they changed over sitting on the nest.
Photo by Gavin Thomas: Dolly at the top with her mate.