December 7, 2021
The Stone Curlew has gone from being found as far north as Yorkshire in Victorian times to just two main centres of population in Wessex (including Oxfordshire) and Breckland (mostly Norfolk/Suffolk). By working with landowners and their staff on the ground, conservationists have found ways to help these birds succeed on working farms, and the population has more than doubled in the last 30 years.
Keith Betton is a media trainer, PR consultant and writer. He is a keen world birder having seen over 8500 species in nearly 110 countries. He has a particular passion for Africa, having been Chairman of the African Bird Club for the last seven years. In the UK he is heavily involved in bird monitoring in Hampshire, where he is County Recorder. He has been a Council Member of both the RSPB and BTO, and is currently Vice President of the latter.