Cry of the curlew has given way to silence | Brief letters

By Letters Northumberland national park | Solar panels | Care costs | Influencers | HouseworkIt’s not just Wales that is depleted of curlews (New initiative aims to save curlew from extinction in Wales, 22 November). Forty years ago, I regularly walked stretches of Hadrian’s Wall in the Northumberland national park to the constant warbling of curlews, which was almost deafening. This year, I did some of the same walks in total silence. I was deeply saddened by the absence of the beautiful, haunting song of the curlew, which is, ironically, the symbol of the Northumberland national park.John RipponDurham• Alice Renton makes a

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