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North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

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This innovative conservation partnership, led by the North York Moors National Park began will help the iconic Turtle Dove in and around North Yorkshire’s forests. The project secured £100,000 of funding enabling it to get started in 2017. The Project secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £64,000 forming the bulk of the cash to enable the biodiversity project to happen.

The National Park’s partners in the scheme include the Forestry Commission, Ryedale District Council, the RSPB, Scarborough Borough Council, Howardian Hills AONB and the North East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre.

The Turtle Dove is a summer migrant to England facing national declines of 91% since 1995. It seems to be holding its own in North Yorkshire though. This project wants to find out why and help them do even better through conservation measures in rural villages and on local farms and even quarries with suitable breeding habitat. Educational talks, school visits and new interpretation at public visitor centres such as Dalby Forest and Sutton Bank are also on the Project’s to-do list.

Surveys by volunteers, rising before dawn to catch the bird’s distinctive purring call have already contributed to a picture of this species’ status in North Yorkshire. It seems that they may be bucking the national trend and we hope to find out why and see what can be done through positive land management measures combined with an awareness-raising campaign. Farmers, parish and community groups, schools and visitors to the area will all be engaged in different ways to learn about, look for or help the birds through practical measures.
For more information and updates see these other posts on the Connecting for Nature blog:
Two Turtle Doves project secures funding (April ’17)  – News blog post
Turtle Doves and Tree Pipits… (July ’17)  – A surveyor volunteer perspective
Dew Pond restoration at Sawdon (Oct ’17) – A Community Nature Reserve project benefitting Turtle Doves
Turtle Dove project update (Oct ’17) News from the TD partners and Project Officer.
Turtle Dove Surveys (Jan ’18) In Volunteering menu – You could help the project by looking and listening for Turtle Doves.
The Project Officer Richard Baines may be contacted via the Conservation dept at the North York Moors National Park:
Please also see the NYM blog and the project’s page on the NYM website:

Author: Tim Burkinshaw

I work in ecology and biodiversity in North Yorkshire. I'm often found outdoors snapping nature and landscapes or spotting birds. In the garden I enjoy having my hands in the earth and striving for the perfect mix of greens and browns in my compost. As a Daddy and adopter I'm used to endless questions about the world around us, and generally have an answer up my sleeve for most things. If you spot me and my hat in real life or on social media do say hello!

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