The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was started in 1964 when the Hen Harrier was a common bird nesting in the area. So much so that the Hen Harrier was picked as the logo for the AONB. By 1974 there were 39 nesting females. The Duke of Westminster came into Red Grouse shooting and by 1977 all Hen Harriers had disappeared from the Red Grouse moors.
A come back came via the water company's land - North West Water now United Utilities with around 11 pairs in the 1980s. Sin
A recent document written by the BTO suggests that Curlew is in step decline from its main habitat – uplands! http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00063657.2017.1359233 Now I may be grandfather to most of the folk that wrote this document but at least I saw Curlew in its main habitat lowland farms. Like the Corncrake Curlew is no longer found on this form of habitat but this paper does not mention this decline which in most cases is 100%. As a kid Curlew were common on