Ponds for turtle doves

How important could ponds be for turtle doves? Read our guest blog by Jonathan Lewis-Phillips - Natural History Museum/ University College London who writes about his research which looks at the link between ponds and birds. Read more

Working together for turtle doves – the launch of a Turtle Dove Friendly Zone

Turtle doves are declining at an alarming rate, and we know that one of the best ways we can help them is by ensuring that they have the seed food that they need, as well as nesting habitat and access to water on their breeding grounds. To do this at a large enough scale, we will need people to work together, and so the plan is to develop turtle dove friendly zones across the areas where turtle doves remain, to help people to work together to save this species. Read more

Are turtle doves "Critically Endangered" in the UK?

All the evidence points to turtle doves still being in real trouble in the UK Read more

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

Turtle doves, farms and people

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

Blog: Turtle Dove Talk

Turtle Doves – where are they now?

December 22, 2017
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Ponds for turtle doves

December 15, 2017
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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