Return of the Curlew

Curlew in the Peak District National Park

Spring has returned to the Peak District moors and so to have the Curlew.

With its distinctive and somewhat eerie ‘’cur-lee’ call, it announces its presence and cheers even the wettest spring day. Returning from the coast where food is plentiful throughout the winter months, the Curlew now inhabits our rugged moorland and surrounding farmland and prepares for the nesting season.

Curlew in the Peak District National Park
Curlew in the Peak District National Park
Curlew in the Peak District National Park

Soaring above the gritstone crags, its unmistakable wing shape and long curved beak, silhouettes against the ever-brightening spring and summer skies. Take a walk to the moorlands above Hayfield and Edale or up from the Derwent Valley and enjoy the warming call of one of our most beloved moorland birds. Keep an eye out for the Curlew returning to their ground nests and ensure you and your dog maintain a good distance to enable a successful nest full of spring Curlew chicks.