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BTO Blueline
Columba oenas
Stock Dove © Tommy Holden
Conservation listings

Europe: SPEC category 4, secure
UK: Amber (>20% of European breeding population)

Long-term trend
England: 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 increase in nest failure rates at the egg stage (17 days in length) is slight, and was not detectable in farmland habitats alone (Siriwardena et al. 2000b). BBS indices suggest that abundance is still increasing, in the UK and in England alone.
CBC/BBS England graph
Table of population changes for Stock Dove
Source Period
Years Plots
Alert Comment
CBC/BBS England 33 1967-2000 180 191 100 325    
  25 1975-2000 221 63 26 132    
  10 1990-2000 412 19 4 44    
  5 1995-2000 626 14 3 26    
BBS UK 8 1994-2002 585 15 4 27    
BBS England 8 1994-2002 541 14 2 26    
BBS acknowledgement
BBS UK graph
BBS England graph
Table of productivity information for Stock Dove
Variable Period
Years Mean
Trend Predicted
in first year
in last year
Change Comment
Clutch size 33 1968-2001 65 None        
Brood size 33 1968-2001 88 None        
Daily failure rate (eggs) 33 1968-2001 64 Curvilinear 0.0106 nests/day 0.0043 nests/day -0.0063 nests/day  
Daily failure rate (chicks) 33 1968-2001 48 None        
Laying date 33 1968-2001 14 None       Small sample
Clutch size graph
Brood size graph
Egg nest failure graph
Chick nest failure graph
Laying date graph
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available for this species
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This report should be cited as:
Crick, H.Q.P., Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Baillie, S.R., Balmer, D.E., Beaven, L.P., Coombes, R.H.,
Downie, I.S., Freeman, S.N., Joys, A.C., Leech, D.I., Raven, M.J., Robinson, R.A. and Thewlis, R.M. (2004)
Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2003.
BTO Research Report No. 353. BTO, Thetford. (http://www.bto.org/birdtrends2003)

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