An EU LIFE+ funded project to develop an International Species Action Plan for the turtle dove was launched in 2015. The plan, coordinated by BirdLife International and the RSPB, involves close collaboration with stakeholders from across the turtle dove’s European and African range to develop a flyway scale plan to conserve this iconic species (click here for more information).
The first draft of the European Turtle-dove Action Plan was published in April 2017. It details an initial set of proposed conservation actions to tackle habitat loss, lack of food availability and the impact of hunting over a ten year period. So far, the process has involved more than 130 experts from across countries and disciplines; it’s truly great to see the turtle dove – a fabled symbol of fidelity – bringing together such a diverse array of people.
You can view the draft Turtle-dove Action Plan online via the Species Action Plan Tracking Tool.
The Action Plan will be launched in early 2018. Its publication will mark a significant step forward in work to conserve the turtle-dove across its European range.
The European Turtle-dove Action Plan project is co-financed by the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment, the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and each of the project partners.
Photo: Turtle dove experts gather for Action Plan meeting in Hungary, January 2017 © Petar Iankov