Brecks stone curlews given sat nav

Stone Curlew
RSPB/Chris Knights ANL-161008-152418001
Stone Curlew RSPB/Chris Knights ANL-161008-152418001

Rare nesting stone curlews in the Brecks have been fitted with GPS ‘sat nav’ to find out where they go.

For the first time in the UK, scientists are using GPS tags to learn how the shy birds use the countryside. They hope to help landowners create conditions stone curlews need.

GPS fitted to a stone curlew
RSPB/Rob Hawkes ANL-161008-152406001

GPS fitted to a stone curlew RSPB/Rob Hawkes ANL-161008-152406001

The tags use the same geo-positioning satellites as car sat nav.

The study, part of the PhD research of Rob Hawkes, RSPB heathland officer, has already shown they go further then previously thought to feed, with one regularly going 4km from its nest.

The project is supported by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, the University of East Anglia, Natural England, the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Breaking New Ground partnership and EU LIFE+.