Turtle Doves – where are they now?

Guest blog by Dr John Mallord, Senior Conservation Scientist, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, four calling birds, three French hens, and a partridge in a pear tree, it seems someone thought birds were the ideal Christmas gift to one’s true love. Not forgetting, of course, two Turtle Doves, symbol of true […]

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Ponds for turtle doves

British farmland birds have experienced a population decline of 56% since 1970, with some species such as Turtle Dove and Tree Sparrow decreasing by over 90%. The intensification of agriculture and associated reductions of food availability and suitable nesting habitat is known to be one of the main drivers of these population crashes. One key […]

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Turtle Dove Supplementary Feeding

Dr Tony Morris, Senior Conservation Scientist, and Laura Wright, Research Assistant with the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, tell us about the research they’ve been doing on supplementary feeding for turtle doves.   Why do we need to do anything? Between 1995 and 2004 the number of breeding turtle doves in the UK fell by […]

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Flying Start – new hope for the Turtle dove

Joscelyne Ashpole from RSPB explains why there is new hope for the turtle dove across its migratory flyways.  In ancient Greek mythology, the European Turtle-dove Streptopelia turtur was purported to be sacred to Demeter, goddess of the harvest and agriculture. As a species of cultivated areas and woodland, the Turtle-dove would have been a familiar farmland sight […]

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Gloves for Doves!

An exciting new partnership with Shropshire-based clothing company Turtle Doves will turn pre-loved cashmere jumpers into donations for Operation Turtle Dove. The company specialises in turning pre-loved cashmere jumpers into beautiful new garments and accessories. As part of this partnership, for every old cashmere jumper Turtle Doves receives, they’ll donate £5 to help turtle doves! […]

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