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Groundswell 2023 - a wave of support for Turtle Doves

At the end of June, Operation Turtle Dove headed to Hertfordshire and the Groundswell Regenerative Agriculture Festival. We were there to spread the word about Turtle Doves and how farmers and other land managers can help provide habitat for this special bird. Read on to find out more about this inspirational event.

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We’re heading to Groundswell – see you there?

Encouraging people to manage, protect and create Turtle Dove habitat in the UK is crucial for the recovery of the species. That’s why you’ll find us at Groundswell – The Regenerative Agriculture Festival on 28-29 June this year.

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Turtle Dove advisors

Meet the team

Meet our team of amazing advisors, working with farmers and other land managers to help provide suitable Turtle Dove habitats in southern and eastern England.

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Turtle Dove perched on a branch.

Turtle Doves are back – and we’re celebrating some great news

In recent days we've heard from excited colleagues who have spotted their first Turtle Doves of the year - and that's not the only good news we're celebrating. We’re delighted to hear that a temporary moratorium on shooting Turtle Doves along their migration route across Spain, France and Portugal is going to be continued for at least a third year.

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Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) have declined dramatically in the UK and reduced almost everywhere else in their European range.

However, we now know the key problems faced by Turtle Doves and what conservation action needs to be taken, and Operation Turtle Dove is optimistic that we can reverse the fortunes of this enigmatic and culturally significant bird.

You can play a part in their recovery.

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Act now to help Turtle Doves when they return next spring – apply for Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier grants

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Groundswell 2023 – a wave of support for Turtle Doves

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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