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Britain’s largest wader, the Curlew Numinous arquata over-winters on coastal estuaries and mud-flats migrating inland to moors and rough grasslands to breed. Males mark their breeding territories with a plaintive, trembling song so evocative of the moors in spring. Curlews nest on the ground in a plant-lined depression or ‘scrape’ making chicks especially vulnerable to predators during the first 4-6 weeks before they can fly. The UK has a globally important breeding population which has shown steep decline in recent years due to intensive farming practices. Conservation and management of an ecologically diverse habitat is required to improve their breeding success.

Photograph by Mark Hamblin

About Mark Hamblin

Mark Hamblin has worked as a freelance nature photographer since 1995, creating images for international photographic agencies; providing specialist guiding services and working on multi-media conservation projects. 

Mark has published and collaborated on several books including Wild Peak, Wild Land - Images of nature from the Cairngorms, Tooth & Claw and 2020VISION. He was also a contributing photographer for the Wild Wonders of Europe project working on stories in Lithuania and The Netherlands. 

Mark is a director of the social enterprise company, Wild Media Foundation, who produce communications material for a range of clients as well as working on their own projects. Their current project, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture amplifies the case for a wilder Scotland, and Mark is part of a team of photographers and videographers currently gathering material for a range of media products.

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