Ben’s aim is to raise £1,000, which will be invested into curlew conservation through the British Trust for Ornithology. You can support his expedition through his JustGiving page Ben’s big curlew cycle.
Over a ten-day cycle, Ben will take in former strongholds for the curlew and call in at various wildlife reserves, as well as keeping a species list of every bug and bird he encounters.
Ben Porter, a final year conservation and biology student on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, plans to cycle the distance from near his home in North Wales back to Cornwall in time for the start of term in September.
“To drive the point home, in 2008 the curlew was added to the IUCN’s Redlist of threatened species. Beginning at the tip of Wales#8217; Llyn Peninsula, I’ll be hopping on my bike and undertaking a ten-day cycle ride to Land’s End at the tip of Cornwall to highlight the plight of this bird.”
He said: “Curlews are in big trouble. They’re fast disappearing from our countryside, with the UK’s population declining by 46 per cent between 1996 and 2010 alone. Since Britain reputedly holds some 30 per cent of the European population, there is real cause for concern.
A student will cycle 850km from north Wales to Cornwall to raise money to help conserve of the curlew.
He’s undertaking the challenge in order to raise money for conservation of the curlew, a large European wading bird that’s been an iconic sight on British coastlines but whose population is in steep decline.