There are a range of ways you can help to save turtle doves, from supporting farmers to create turtle dove habitat through your shopping choices to recording your turtle dove sightings and creating habitat for turtle doves yourself.
Turtle doves spend two thirds of their time outside the UK where they face a range of threats along their migratory route, which takes them from their wintering grounds in West Africa to their breeding grounds in the UK. However, research shows that the loss of habitat in England is the biggest factor driving their declines here.
For this reason, it is essential that we establish good turtle dove feeding and nesting habitat over the turtle dove’s core UK breeding range in East Anglia and South-East England.
And this is where you can help turtle doves – by providing them with places to feed, nest and drink.
Download Helping your local turtle doves PDF for a handy guide that outlines how you can provide turtle doves with the habitats they need in the UK.Read more
Making a donation to Operation Turtle Dove is an easy but vital way to support the project and help save this iconic bird from extinction in the UK. Funds raised will go towards delivering on-the-ground advisory work to create vital habitat for turtle doves in the UK and to carry out essential research into what turtle doves need during their whole life cycle from England to Africa so that we can develop essential conservation solutions to save this species.