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.