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 to 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. Read on to find out about Countryside Stewardship funding and how you can receive free habitat management advice from our Turtle Dove Conservation Advisors.
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.