PLAN TO HELP SAVE THE TURTLE DOVE
A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP between building materials manufacturer CEMEX and the RSPB to encourage Turtle Doves to breed at the company’s quarries has been hailed as a success, with three juvenile birds being observed at CEMEX quarries. The Turtle Dove was upgraded to Vulnerable on the global Red List in 2015, and is the UK’S fastest declining bird. With numbers halving every six years, there is a real possibility that it will soon disappear from Britain altogether. In order to combat this severe decline, The RSPB and CEMEX partnered in a three year project which included such measures as habitat creation and planting a special flower mix at four of the firm’s quarries, to provide food for the birds. Encouraged by this success, CEMEX France has also launched a pilot site, and CEMEX Spain is working closely with the Spanish Ornithological Society in order to completely cover the Turtle Dove’s western flyway in Europe. The project has once again shown how valuable partnerships between conservationists and business can be for all concerned.
RSPB’S Paul Buckley and WWT’S Dr Debbie Pain with Julie Girling MEP