National Curlew Day, 21st April 2022
As an ambassador school for Curlew Action, we are very proud of all the work our children have done at Thorneyholme to raise awareness of the plight of this red-listed bird.
Our ‘Case for the Curlew’ was shown at a meet at Sunderland Point, along with a talk from five junior pupils to members of The Curlew Action Group and approximately 100 children from Rylands and Overton Primary schools. Ryelands and Overton – the coastal ambassador schools, also shared their work. We look forward to working closely with them in the future. Our ‘Case’ is displayed in the front porch if anyone wants to come and have a look. Inside it are 3D model crafts and drawers filled with poetry, Curlew eggs, the sounds of the curlew and much more…
The juniors set up a square kilometer zone, ready for a bird count in April/May time. They were joined by Grosvenor Estate workers Rob & Helen, the Duchy Gamekeeper Scott and Steph Smith Ambassador for Curlew Action. Children learnt about bird counting techniques; they looked at data since 1990 and discussed how there needs to be a balance between agricultural land and land suitable for curlews to live and breed. All the team recorded the square kilometre zone by marking every 200 metres with GPS.