What we're looking for
The Turtle Dove is the UKs fastest declining bird species, the population having declined by 94% since 1995. The breeding range has also halved and the species is now largely only found in the East and South East of England. In response to these dramatic declines, Turtle Doves were recently updated to globally 'vulnerable' to extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Reasons for these declines are complex and not completely understood. With support from volunteers we aim to carry out annual co-ordinated surveys in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to monitor changes in abundance and associated habitat in turtle dove hotspot areas. The information gathered will help improve understanding of the breeding ecology of these charismatic birds and help the RSPB to implement conservation actions to improve Turtle dove productivity.