Discover the Dales

Bird Watching

Curlew

The Curlew is present in the Yorkshire Dales all year round and is easily recognisable as they wander the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Yorkshire Dales offers an ideal natural environment for the Curlew to bread. Due to this it is home to a large number of breading pairs, often nesting on low meadow ground as it offers a slightly milder climate.

The Curlew is Europe’s largest wading bird. They are very distinctive, identifiable by their large size and long downward- curving bill. Their unusual bill serves a very important purpose – feeding. The Curlew uses its large bill to probe soft mud for small invertebrates to eat as well as picking up any earthworms that surface.

Not only are they very distinctive to look at but they have very unusual call, ‘curl-ooo’, and it is from their call that their name derives.

Curlew