Iconic curlew evicted from our barren countryside

Having grown up on a council estate with gardens the size of postage stamps and a father who thought birds were best eaten, it wasn’t until I had my own family that I started walking in the countryside and watching birds. But having moved to New Zealand for a long period, it was only more recently that I had the pleasure of seeing a pair of curlews on the Sheringham National Trust estate in Norfolk. I wondered how I could have missed this enchanting bird in the past – perhaps I just hadn’t been in the right place. I wanted to find out more about them, so what better way than to read a nature memoir! Unlike me, nature writer and campaigner Mary Colwell is no stranger to the curlew call that imprints on souls nor why they may be hard to see. Continue reading