Tur­tle Dove saviours are set for Span­ish fund-rais­ing jour­ney

Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

The re­cently an­nounced 93% de­cline in Tur­tle Dove num­bers has hard­ened re­solve at the Dove Step cam­paign head­quar­ters. De­spite the ‘black cloud’ that de­scended on founder Jonny Rankin upon hear­ing the news, he is even more de­ter­mined to con­tinue the jour­ney that he and Robert Yax­ley started in 2013, and help save this once com­mon vis­i­tor to our shores. The Dove Step­pers have al­ready walked, kayaked and cy­cled more than a thou­sand miles of the Tur­tle Dove’s mi­gra­tion route, rais­ing thou­sands of pounds and con­nect­ing the dove’s English breed­ing range to the Span­ish border. Now they are set for the next stage; the jour­ney across Spain. Walk­ing from Tar­ifa beach in the south of the coun­try to Gi­jon in the north-west, the team will cover the en­tire dis­tance in just 31 days, walk­ing more than 25 miles a day. Dur­ing this, Dove Step will be rais­ing aware­ness and funds for Op­er­a­tion Tur­tle Dove, set up by the RSPB to try to re­verse the de­cline of this iconic species be­fore it dis­ap­pears al­to­gether. Visit dovestep3.word­press.com or justgiv­ing.com./fundrais­ing/ Dovestep3

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