Monday 11 December 2017

Threat to hare is horror story that shames us

The curlew is in danger of extinction
The curlew is in danger of extinction

While welcoming the major conservation initiative to save the curlew and restore habitats essential to its survival, we should not lose sight of other species that are endangered or threatened.

It would be sad indeed if the haunting cry of the curlew, a feature of rural life from time immemorial and celebrated in Irish literature, song and folklore, were to become a mere memory kept alive only in books and ballads.

It has been quietly slipping away, with about 80pc of the curlew population lost to us since the 1970s.

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