In 2016 naturalist and broadcaster Mary Colwell walked 500 miles across Ireland, Wales, and England to raise awareness of how the once-common Common Curlew was disappearing from the countryside. As she wrote at the time, “I undertook this walk alone and unpaid. I am passionate about saving these birds.” Charlie Moores talked with Mary about her ongoing efforts to save Curlews – including the development of an online ‘toolkit’ aimed at fieldworkers and volunteers.Continue reading
Many of us with an interest in the natural world have known for years that children and young people are spending less and less time outdoors. Losing their connection with nature. A recent survey suggested that many children can’t identify common garden flowers. Half couldn’t identify arguably the UK’s most distinctive bird – the Kingfisher. A fifth of young people can’t identify a badger (despite one featuring in the badge of Harry Potter’s very own Hufflepuff House). Mary Colwell had an idea to help turn that around…Continue reading
In this shortcast broadcaster and campaigner Mary Colwell, currently working to save curlews and to have a Natural History GCSE added to the National Curriculum, suggests that to help tackle the War on Wildlife we should ‘fall in love with the Earth again”. [Duration 0:01:32]Continue reading
Next week the WoW Project will be interviewing irrepressible broadcaster and wildlife author Mary Colwell for a podcast. In recent years Mary has posited the idea of a Natural History GCSE, and highlighted the decline of the Curlew, a once familiar bird of open countryside but a species now in rapid decline. She recently launched a Crowdfunder to help produce a Curlew Fieldworker’s Toolkit designed to reverse the Curlew’s fortunes.Continue reading
A writer, conservationist and producer at BBC Radio, Mary Colwell walked 500 miles in 2016 to raise awareness about the startling crash in the number of curlews breeding in Ireland and across the southern half of the UK. She recently launched a petition on the government’s petition website calling for a GCSE in Natural History, which quickly attracted the 10,000 signatures needed to trigger a government response.
Mary spoke with Charlie Moores about curlews, education, and her naturalist hero John Muir,