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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22273: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what steps have been taken to implement an action plan for the protection of curlew since the 2018 conference, the Status and Future of Curlew in Scotland; whether it will publish this plan, and what the timetable is for its completion.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 3 April 2019

The Scottish Government is party to the UK Government’s commitment, as a signatory to the African and Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, to the implementation of the International Single Species Action Plan for the conservation of the Eurasian Curlew. The Action Plan is available via the following web link: https://www.unep-aewa.org/en/publication/international-single-species-action-plan-conservation-eurasian-curlew-ts-no-58 .

Scottish Natural Heritage has advised that the actions arising from the Status and Future of Curlew in Scotland conference, which took place at the Battleby Conference Centre on 27 September 2018, have been, or will be, delivered through the Working for Waders project. This collaborative project brings together a wide range of organisations, government bodies and individuals. More information is available via the following web link: https://www.workingforwaders.com .

The conference was an important milestone in raising awareness of the plight of the curlew and in identifying what action needs to be undertaken. The Conference report is available via the following weblink: http://www.curlewcall.org/record-of-the-battleby-conference-september-2018/ .