Turtle doves spend two thirds of their time outside the UK where they face a range of threats along their migratory route, which takes them from their wintering grounds in West Africa to their breeding grounds in the UK. However, research shows that the loss of habitat in England is the biggest factor driving their declines here.
For this reason, it is essential to establish good turtle dove feeding and nesting habitat over turtle doves core UK breeding range in East Anglia and South-East England. And this is where you can help turtle doves – by providing them with the feeding and nesting habitat they need. Read on to find out about Countryside Stewardship funding and how you can receive free habitat management advice from our Turtle Dove Conservation Advisors.