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Case Study The status of Curlew on WES accredited properties In the WES assessment process, applicant properties are asked to provide a view on species numbers and population trends. This information is then recorded on the WES database. As an amber-listed species, the Curlew is of particular significance to track.

The total estimated population of Curlews on WES accredited properties up to the end of 2014 is 187 pairs and 150 individuals, a total of over 520 birds. The accredited properties identify their presence as a predominantly summer breeding population, reflecting their upland orientation. It should be noted that the estimate is based on observation rather than on a consistent survey approach, so figures should be treated as citizen science. WES aims to provide guidance on practical and consistent survey techniques in the near future to add increasing precision to applicant reporting.

The population trend results for Curlews are shown in the table below. 13 properties have indicated that the birds are predominantly stable, with an increase noted on 1 and minor declines noted on 4. The declines appear to have taken place mainly on properties with relatively small populations of Curlew.

Overall, 21 out of 23 accredited properties reported on Curlew, with12 moorland shooting properties, 9 low-ground farming and shooting enterprises and 1 arable farm reporting their presence. 2 arable properties indicated that Curlew were absent. All properties on which Curlew are present are undertaking habitat and predator management.

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