Image: Darren Woodhead’s two exhibition pieces. ‘Turtle Doves among Rowan Shadows’ on the left and ‘Bee-eater Studies’ on the right. The bee-eater painting features a turtle dove on the back and is included in the silent auction. Credit: Jos Ashpole.

Inspired by turtle doves – art raising funds for special bird

Richard Baines of the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project brought together a selection of turtle dove inspired artworks in a fantastic exhibition. Some hugely talented artists contributed to the exhibition to raise awareness of, and funds for, this special bird.

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Photo: Suitable nesting habitat for turtle doves in England. They need open ground for feeding on seeds and thick, dense scrub and hedgerows for nesting. Credit: Tony Morris.

Managing land for turtle doves

Turtle doves are now making their long southward journeys to sub-Saharan Africa to spend the winter months. They may only have just left. But it’s not too early to start thinking about the things we can all do to provide them with feeding, nesting and drinking sites when they return next spring.

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Photo: Nick Moran and Jonny Rankin arriving into Kilnsea. Credit: Beth Clyne.

Dove Step 3.1 – miles and miles for turtle doves

Over the years, Jonny Rankin has undertaken some incredible challenges, raising much needed funds for turtle dove conservation. September 2019 saw him take on his latest adventure…

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Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group photo

Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group - feeding trials update

Within the UWCFG, we chose five key farmers with adjoining land to trial the Operation Turtle Dove supplementary feeding protocol and see if we could attract turtle dove pairs.

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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 94% 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

Inspired by turtle doves – art raising funds for special bird

October 10, 2019
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Managing land for turtle doves

September 25, 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? Log your sighting on Birdtrack


Your donation will help us to save this iconic bird from extinction in the UK