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Curlews return to Auchnerran

SCOTLAND'S Game and Wildlife Demonstration Farm, at Auchnerran on Deeside, celebrated World Curlew Day (April 21) with the reappearance of the wading birds in its fields.

A healthy curlew population at Auchnerran is not an accident, but the result of a number of features and actions to accommodate the species.

Coupled with control of foxes and crows carried out by the keepering team on adjacent moorland, this supports nesting, fledging and overall productivity of the farm’s curlew population.

Head of policy at GWCT in Scotland, Ross Macleod, said: “Habitat management is a long-term approach. It takes time to introduce change and see it take effect, but we are fortunate at Auchnerran that we can do this against a backdrop of sympathetic management practice and predator control.

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