Last night’s episode of The One Show (22.11.2016) on BBC One featured some wonderful footage of Turtle doves both here in the UK and in their African wintering grounds, as John Mallord from the RSPB’s Science team talked to Richard Taylor-Jones about the importance of Operation Turtle Dove, the partnership project that is trying to stop this increasingly rare species from disappearing from the UK altogether. Although Turtle doves remain rare in the UK there are some success stories that give us hope, like Glebe Farm in Norfolk that featured in the film. With assistance from Operation Turtle Dove advisers, nesting and foraging habitats have been created and managed for these birds and the farm has seen numbers increase from zero to over 25 in just 4 years! For a limited period you can watch the clip again here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04hdm96.

Operation Turtle Dove featured on The One Show on 22nd November 2016. Image: BBC website

Operation Turtle Dove featured on The One Show on 22nd November 2016. Image: BBC website

Conservation Grade is one of the partners in Operation Turtle Dove. We are working with our farmer members in the Turtle dove hotspot areas of the Eastern Counties to establish more habitats suited to this species, so they have have somewhere to breed and raise their young when they return to the UK in the Spring.  We are also working with the Fair to Nature accredited brand, Steve’s Leaves, whose farm in Portugal provides a ‘service station’ for Turtle doves on their long migration.

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A Turtle dove on the Steve’s Leaves farm in Portugal. Image: Brin Hughes/CG

You can find out more about Operation Turtle Dove by visiting the project website – www.operationturtledove.org.

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