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. A bird that was once common across much of England is now retreating year after year into an ever shrinking patch of East Anglia and the South East of England.

At this current rate of change, of we don’t help this species, scientists calculate that complete UK extinction as a breeding species will be a real possibility.

Operation Turtle Dove was launched with an important and urgent mission to reverse the fortunes of this enigmatic and culturally significant bird. Please help us to save them…

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Help us continue our work to save the Turtle Dove

Help us raise funds for this important work by donating to Operation Turtle Dove

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Support through shopping

Turtle Dove friendly products

Did you know that you can support the vital work we are doing to save the turtle dove by choosing certain products when you do your weekly grocery shop?

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Habitat advice

RSPB's Simon Tonkin advising a farmer

Farmers and gardeners can do their bit by creating habitats suited to turtle doves

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