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REVEALED: JUST FOUR PAIRS OF CURLEWS LEFT IN DONEGAL

first_imgIT’S our most famous native bird – but it will be extinct in just a few years, experts have warned.For just four breeding pairs of curlew have been found in a survey of Donegal.Shocked investigators went to 60 sites in the hope of finding more of the birds. But they found just four pairs in Donegal – and four in Mayo.The study was carried out earlier this year by BirdWatch Ireland as part of a European Union-funded curlew conservation project in the Border counties.It suggests there are likely fewer than 200 breeding pairs left in the whole of Ireland, a shocking 96 per cent decline in just 20 years.“The marginal upland areas where curlews breed have been widely destroyed or fragmented by a range of land-use pressures,” curlew conservation project manager for BirdWatch Ireland, Anita Donaghy, said. REVEALED: JUST FOUR PAIRS OF CURLEWS LEFT IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Curlewdonegal curlewextinctfour pairs leftlast_img read more