Photo: turtle dove making the most of a valuable scrub patch. Credit: Jonny Rankin

Hinterland - Scrub

In the first of three blogs about turtle dove habitats, Jonny Rankin celebrates scrub and potentially one of his bird watching highlights of the year.

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Photo: Turtle dove perched on quarry lights. Credit: Jonny Rankin

Hinterland - Quarry

In the second of his series of blogs celebrating the turtle dove, Jonny Rankin recounts an unforgettable discovery.

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Photo: Turtle dove perched on wire. Credit: Jonny Rankin

Hinterland - Garden

In the final instalment of Jonny Rankin’s series on ‘hinterland’ habitats for turtle doves, he celebrates the garden.

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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

Hinterland – Garden

June 14, 2019
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Hinterland – Quarry

June 4, 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