Turtle Dove, streptopelia turtur, RSPB, BirdLife

European turtle dove Action Plan

An EU LIFE+ funded project to develop an International Species Action Plan for the turtle dove was launched in 2015. The plan, coordinated by BirdLife International and the RSPB, involves close collaboration with stakeholders from across the turtle dove’s European and African range to develop a flyway scale plan to conserve this iconic species (click here for more information).

The first draft of the European Turtle-dove Action Plan was published in April 2017. It details an initial set of proposed conservation actions to tackle habitat loss, lack of food availability and the impact of hunting over a ten year period. So far, the process has involved more than 130 experts from across countries and disciplines; it’s truly great to see the turtle dove – a fabled symbol of fidelity – bringing together such a diverse array of people.

Three years later and the Action Plan is in the final stages of production. This vital document will detail a series of actions to tackle turtle dove population declines across the range, including activities to improve the availability of nesting, feeding and drinking habitats on the European breeding grounds. The process has involved more than 220 experts, from a range of disciplines and countries; it’s truly great to see the turtle dove – a fabled symbol of fidelity – bringing together such a diverse array of people.

The Action Plan will be launched later this spring. Its publication will mark a significant step forward in work to conserve the turtle-dove across its European and African range, keep an eye on the Operation Turtle Dove blog for a series of posts from people involved in this exciting piece of work.

The European Turtle-dove Action Plan project is co-financed by the European Commission Directorate General for the Environment, the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and each of the project partners.

Photo: Turtle dove experts gather for Action Plan meeting in Hungary, January 2017 © Petar Iankov