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Mary Colwell | ‘Curlew Action’ Crowdfunder

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.

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Australia on fire: can its endemic wildlife recover?

Adelaide based photographer Brad Fleet‘s image of a charred Kangaroo, caught in a fence as it fled the bushfires destroying the east of the continent, went viral this week. It seemed for a moment to shift the focus away from human catastrophe to the impact the fires are having on wildlife and the vast loss of irreplaceable bush and forest habitat. Can, writes Charlie Moores, its endemic wildlife ever recover?

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Yorkshire: The end of grouse shooting in sight?

An article in The Guardian this Sunday, looking at a “landmark” decision by Yorkshire Water, the county’s largest landowner, to review the leasing of its land to grouse shoots, suggested that, “On Brontë country’s moors, the end of grouse shooting is in sight”. In sight perhaps, writes Charlie Moores, but the industry won’t go without a fight.

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Werritty – because grouse just exist to be shot?

The one recommendation many conservationists were hoping for from this Review was the licencing of grouse moors. Not, writes Charlie Moores, the shutting down of grouse moors after years of wildlife crime, the massive toll of native wildlife in traps and snares, the appalling annual slaughter of Mountain Hares, and the destruction of precious moorland habitat – just licencing.

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