PLAN TO HELP SAVE THE TUR­TLE DOVE

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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

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