Photographing the RSPB Titchwell Turtle Doves

As the weather gets steadily colder, and the turtle doves that breed in the UK are all heading back south for warmer climes, Les Bunyan tells us about his summer spent photographing these fantastic birds, and his hopes that they return next year. Read more

Jonny Rankin's Dove Step date with Angela

Jonny Rankin spends the day looking for a tagged turtle dove called Angela and looking back at his Dove Step challenges and a special turtle dove called Titan. Read more

New hope for the turtle dove

Joscelyne Ashpole from RSPB explains why there is new hope for the Turtle dove across its migratory flyways. Read more

Farmer supporting turtle doves

Laurinda Luffman, RSPB chair of a migrant bird fundraising group, talks about a recent visit to see one farmer’s work to support turtle doves in Sussex Read more

Gloves for Doves!

Turning pre-loved cashmere jumpers into donations for Operation Turtle Dove Read more

Turtle doves, farms and people

A farmer group in Norfolk's Upper Wensum Valley come to the aid of turtle doves Read more

Welcome back, Lawford!

Satellite tagged turtle dove, Lawford, returns home to Essex Read more

A letter from Gordon

Gordon, one of the satellite tagged turtle doves, has been telling the readers of Eco Kids Planet about the long journey he faces. Read more

Seen a
turtle dove?

Tell us about it and log your sighting at Birdtrack
Your sightings help us to take conservation action where it is needed most
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Farmers are key
to saving
turtle doves

If you farm or manage land then you can help save turtle doves and benefit your rural business while doing so Read more

Turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) are in trouble; they are vulnerable to global extinction (IUCN Red List of Endangered Species). They have suffered a 91% UK population decline since 1995 and a 78% decline across Europe since 1980. At this current rate of change if we don’t help this species scientists calculate that complete UK extinction as a breeding species will be a real possibility.

Operation Turtle Dove has an important and urgent mission to reverse the fortunes of this enigmatic and culturally significant bird. Please help us to save them.

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Photographing the RSPB Titchwell Turtle Doves

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How can I help turtle doves on my land?

Providing habitat is a vital component of turtle dove conservation. If you farm or manage land, there are a number of ways in which you can help support the species and benefit your rural business while doing so. Options can include:

How to see a turtle dove

Turtle doves are in the UK – predominantly the east and south east of England -from April to September every year. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Ways you can help


Your shopping choices can help give turtle doves a home

Create habitat

You can provide turtle doves with habitat they need on your farm or in your garden

Log a sighting

Seen a turtle dove? Tell us about it and log your sighting at Birdtrack


Your donation will help us to save this iconic bird from extinction in the UK