Curlew crisis?

Author Mary Colwell will re-live her 500-mile trek in search of clues to the growing threats facing one of the Peak District’s best-loved wild birds when she appears in Buxton International Festival’s book series on July 22.

The writer stopped working at the BBC Natural History Unit to track down the truth behind catastrophic population figures which point to the extinction of the curlew from the UK.

Her book Curlew Moon charts her fascination with the species which started during her childhood in the Staffordshire Moorlands  – as well as the kindness of strangers who put her up during the walk from the boglands of Northern Ireland to the east coast of England.

“I did this walk without any organisation behind me at all. What was powerful for me was that it’s not just the big guys who can get things done – we all can,” said Mary, 

Curlew Moon with Mary Colwell  is on July 22, 11am- noon, Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton.