Ral­ly­ing call to help pro­tect the en­dan­gered turtle dove

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Con­ser­va­tion­ists, farm­ers and wildlife en­thu­si­asts in the South East are ral­ly­ing to im­prove con­di­tions for one of Eng­land’s most threat­ened birds, the turtle dove, which has seen its worst year yet. Im­prov­ing habi­tats is a pri­or­ity with farm­land and RSPB re­serves work­ing to be­come turtle dove friendly. The farm ad­vi­sory team in the South East has pro­vided ad­vice to 16 farm­ers so far, cov­er­ing an area of 3,800 hectares, en­cour­ag­ing them to in­crease the amount of turtle dove for­ag­ing habi­tat on their farms, with a hugely pos­i­tive re­sponse. RSPB agri­cul­tural projects of­fi­cer Hay­ley New said: “If we in­crease their for­ag­ing habi­tat, over time the turtle doves will have more chance of sur­vival and they are more likely to breed and in­crease their num­bers.” The turtle dove is one of the fastest de­clin­ing species in the coun­try. Its num­bers have crashed by 85% since 1995 ac­cord­ing to the re­cent State

Farm­ers are be­ing ad­vised on how they can en­cour­age dwin­dling num­bers of turtle doves of the UK’s Birds re­port, and sight­ings this sum­mer were the low­est ever. How­ever, Op­er­a­tion Turtle Dove, a project be­tween the RSPB, Con­ser­va­tion Grade, Pen­sthorpe Con­ser­va­tion Trust and Nat­u­ral Eng­land, was launched in May last year and since then ad­vis­ers have been busy vis­it­ing farms in the south and east of Eng­land to help them put in place mea­sures to help turtle doves bounce back.

To find out more about the cam­paign visit www. op­er­a­tiontur­tle­dove.org

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