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STOCK DOVE Columba oenas
 
Conservation Listings Long term trend

Unlisted/Amber
(Important breeding population)
Biodiversity Steering Group: Unlisted

UK: Rapid increase
 
Status Summary
Populations have increased substantially, probably showing a recovery from the deleterious effects of organochlorine seed-dressings in the 1950s and early 1960s (O'Connor & Mead 1984). The increases in breeding performance are slight, the improvement in nest failure rates at the egg stage (17 days in length) was from 18% down to 13%, and were not detectable in farmland habitats alone (Siriwardena et al. 2000b). BBS indices suggest that abundance is currently stable.
 
 
Table of population changes for Stock Dove
Source Period
(yrs)
Years Plots
(n)
Change
(%)
Lower
limit
Upper
limit
Alert Comment
CBC all habitats 30 1968-1998 75 157 63 293    
  25 1973-1998 79 81 34 153    
  10 1988-1998 75 24 6 49    
  5 1993-1998 71 26 11 42    
CBC farmland 30 1968-1998 37 158 . .    
  25 1973-1998 38 96 . .    
  10 1988-1998 37 32 . .    
  5 1993-1998 34 32 . .    
BBS UK 5 1994-1999 564 10 -1 21    
BBS England 5 1994-1999 521 12 1 24    
BBS Wales 5 1994-1999 23 -2 -50 90   Small sample
The Breeding Bird Survey is jointly funded by BTO, JNCC and RSPB
 
 
Table of productivity information for Stock Dove
Variable Period
(yrs)
Years Mean
annual
sample
Trend Predicted
in first year
Predicted
in last year
Change Comment
Clutch size 30 1968-1998 64 None        
Brood size 30 1968-1998 87 None        
Daily failure rate (eggs) 30 1968-1998 62 Curvilinear 0.0116 nests/day 0.0079 nests/day -0.0037 nests/day  
Daily failure rate (chicks) 30 1968-1998 47 None        
Laying date 30 1968-1998 13 None       Small sample
 
Insufficient data on CES
available for this species

 

   



The report should be cited as: Baillie, S.R., Crick, H.Q.P., Balmer, D.E., Bashford, R.I., Beaven, L.P., Freeman, S.N., Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Raven, M.J., Siriwardena, G.M., Thewlis, R. and Wernham, C.V. (2001) Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2000. BTO Research Report No. 252. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends)

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