Turtle dove - Les Bunyan

Share the love for turtle doves

Dedicated RSPB volunteer Les Bunyan looks forward to the arrival of turtle doves every spring. Find out more about his love for turtle doves and how he's taking action to help save this special bird.

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Scrub Up Britain - Chris Bridge


Wide hedgerows and areas of scrub are important nesting habitats for turtle doves. The ScrubUpBritain group campaign for more areas of scrub to be created, to benefit turtle doves and other wildlife. Read on to find out more about the group's work.

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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


February 21, 2019
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Share the love for turtle doves: the volunteer

February 13, 2019
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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