Singer David Gray joins charity walk for curlew birds – BBC News

Singer David Grey has joined a fundraising stroll to assist spotlight the plight of curlews.

The variety of the birds in England has dropped by 60% in 40 years based on charity Curlew Motion, due to “widespread adjustments to our countryside”.

The stroll is 28 miles (45km) from the Clifton Suspension Bridge to the curlew nests on the Somerset Ranges.

Cash raised will go to assist teams who defend the chook’s habitat.


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“They seem to be a chook that is all the time meant lots to me they usually’re a part of our heritage”, stated singer-songwriter Grey at the beginning of the stroll.

“They are not valued maybe in the identical method as our poetry and Shakespeare however they’re part of the British Isles and the very fact they’re slipping away is horrifying.”

The Curlew was as soon as a standard sight throughout the coasts and farmlands of the UK and Eire.

“It is our largest wading chook. They’re actually stunning and have essentially the most wonderful haunting name,” stated Mary Colwell from Curlew Motion.

“You will hear it right now of yr, effervescent away over the Somerset Ranges.”

The charity calls the Ranges a “minor hotspot” for the birds, with about 20 pairs. There are considered simply 400 pairs in the entire of southern England.


Forward of the 10-hour stroll, Grey was requested if he may sing to move the time, and replied: “If I’ve bought the breath there could be odd sea shanty, you by no means know what is going on to occur particularly when the thoughts performs methods on you after 20 miles.

“I am wanting ahead to a pint on the finish of it.”

The cash raised will go on to the individuals defending curlew nests, monitoring the birds, and placing up nest cameras.

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