Curlew in the Scottish Borders


Curlew (Numenius arquata)

The curlew is our largest wading bird, instantly recognisable by its beautiful plumage, long down curved bill, long legs and whistling “curr-lee” call. From April to July they can be spotted at breeding sites on boggy heaths and upland pasture. However, their patterned plumage makes them very difficult to spot whilst nesting. At other times of the year the curlew can be found at the coast wading in the tidal zone in search of worms, shellfish and shrimp.