Where to see turtle doves
In the UK, turtle doves are now mainly a bird of southern and eastern England although their range does extend further north and west. Best looked for in woodland edges, hedgerows and open land with scattered bushes. These birds are more often heard than seen, and their distinctive, gentle, purring song has long been a characteristic sound of summer.
Visit an RSPB reserve to try and spot turtle doves:
- Fowlmere, in Cambridgeshire
- Minsmere, in Suffolk
- Otmoor, in Oxfordshire
- Frampton Marsh, in Lincolnshire
- Dungeness, in Kent
You can guarantee to see turtle doves at Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk, where they have a captive breeding flock.
When to see turtle doves
Turtle doves visit England for the breeding season, arriving in late April and May and leaving again between July and September.