On Friday, October 27 Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park is hosting a day-long event dedicated to celebrating the curlew, an iconic bird facing extinction within the next decade in Wales.

Taking place at Hay Castle, this event aims to raise awareness and support for curlew conservation efforts in the region.

Curlews, known for their distinctive long, curved bills and haunting calls, are under severe threat of extinction in Wales. Bannau Brycheiniog National Park is part of a national project committed to preventing the extinction of these remarkable birds.

This event promises a diverse range of activities suitable for all, designed to foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of curlews.

The day will feature the following activity:

Guided Walk with Local Ornithologists (9am- 11am, £5)

Join local ornithologists on a guided walk near Hay of Wye, immersing yourself in the curlew’s natural habitat. This unique experience allows participants to learn firsthand about the life and challenges faced by these precious birds.

Print-Making Workshop with Hay Castle (1pm-3pm, £5)

Local artist Aiden Saunders invites attendees to unleash their creativity in a print-making workshop, offering a chance to design and take home their very own curlew print. Workshop tickets are available through the Hay Castle website.

Writing Workshop with James Roberts (4pm-6pm, £15)

Renowned author James Roberts will lead a creative writing workshop, inspiring participants to draw from the curlew’s elegance and natural beauty. This workshop provides an opportunity to refine nature writing skills and connect with the avian world.

An Evening of Celebration (7pm-9pm, tickets from £5)

The highlight of the day will be an evening of celebration held in the enchanting surroundings of Hay Castle. Attendees will immerse themselves in “all things curlew” through a series of talks and activities. Notable speakers, including Mary Colwell (author, campaigner, and Director of Curlew Action), James Roberts (author and artist), Rachel Taylor (BTO Cymru), Sian Shakespear (Curlew Life), Lizzie Daly (wildlife presenter) and Nicky Davies (Bannau Brycheiniog National Park), will present enlightening discussions about curlew conservation.

This event coincides with the launch of the Curlew Connections Wales project, funded by the Nature Networks Fund. The project aims to drive curlew recovery efforts across Wales, with a focus on three key regions, including Bannau Brycheiniog.

Join in with the fun on Friday, October 27 at Hay Castle to be a part of this transformative event celebrating the curlew’s beauty and raising awareness about the urgent need for conservation.