The curlews calls used to be commonplace in rural Ireland but the majestic curlew has experienced a drastic decline in the recent years with a 97% loss since the 1980s. There are now only some 150 breeding pairs of curlew left in the country.
The Department of Arts and Heritage are to invest €100,000 into drawing up a report on the best actions to secure the future of the bird.
The main focus of the project will be to investigate conservation action on that ground. The research will take place in Kerry, Galway, Roscommon, Monagahn and Leitrim.
Much of the curlews territory has been lost due to changes in land use, farming methods and habitat loss.
Its estimated that the curlew will be extinct in 5 to 10 years if nothing is done.