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.
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. Find out more
How can I help turtle doves in my garden or local community green space?
Provide habitat for turtle doves and other wildlife in your garden and local communities. Find out more