Sharjah: The environmental inspectors have here recently seized nine traps for catching hold of migrant stone-curlew
birds in the Sharjah city, in the central area of the emirate and the Hamriya area.
Hanson Bay is an important addition to the park, providing habitat for a number of native species, including the southern emu-wren, osprey, shy albatross, beautiful fire-tail, Cape Barren goose, bush stone-curlew
and heath goanna.
The Eurasian Stone-curlew
(Burhinus oedicnemus) is a secretive and cryptic species with nocturnal habits, which largely relies on acoustic communication during the entire annual cycle (Cramp and Simmons 1983).
And on September 27, a Great Stone-Curlew
spotted in the Bu Al Siaief Marine Protected Area, Abu Dhabi, was the first ever UAE record.
Birds such as the turtle dove, cirl bunting, stone-curlew
, black grouse, black-tailed godwit, twite and corncrake could be at risk.
RSPB conservation director Dr Mark Avery said: "Over the last decade we've enjoyed some cracking conservation successes, including removing some threatened species from the red list and increasing populations of red kite, bittern, avocet, osprey, stone-curlew
and cirl bunting.
With its long skinny legs, large yellow eyes and habit of freezing in the face of danger, the bush stone-curlew
is an endearingly strange bird.
The National Farmers Union is hoping the EU will agree to a zero per cent requirement for set aside this year; Lapwings, skylarks and stone-curlew
have all benefited from set aside, says the RSPB
Some were of rare species including peregrine falcon, chough stone-curlew
, corncrake and little tern.
Most conservation successes are with rarer species including corncrake and stone-curlew
RARE birds such as the stone-curlew
face a bleak future unless the government replaces set-aside land with schemes that will protect wildlife, the RSPB warned this week.