On the wings of a dove

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

WHEN con­sid­er­ing the de­cline of the tur­tle dove (Town & Coun­try, May 24), the RSPB re­verts to its de­fault set­ting by blam­ing agri­cul­ture for the loss of food due to changes in the farmed land­scape. This com­pletely ig­nores the huge suc­cess of the col­lared dove, a species that ar­rived only 60 years ago, but is now uni­ver­sal and es­ti­mated to num­ber about two mil­lion birds, de­spite hav­ing sim­i­lar di­etary needs. The col­lared dove, how­ever, doesn’t mi­grate to Africa across the Mediter­ranean for the win­ter. Antony Holyoak, War­wick­shire

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