Operation Turtle Dove

09 Aug 2016 Turtle Dove by Jeff Lack

Turtle Dove is the only migratory dove species breeding in Britain, wintering in west Africa. The recent Breeding Bird Survey report highlights a 93% population decline since 1994 and the species is red-listed in the UK. Operation Turtle Dove is a co-operative project launched in 2012 to reverse the decline of this iconic species. The project aims to carry out research on breeding and wintering grounds, as well as on migration routes. Another key aim is to establish suitable habitat for Turtle Dove in Britain.

A good way to help monitor declining farmland species such as Turtle Dove is to log your sightings in BirdTrack, as well as taking part in structured surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey in the UK or the Countryside Bird Survey in the Republic of Ireland.

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