The sight of a swift dancing round the rooftops during a warm spring evening or the first call of the cuckoo has become a quintessential sign that summer is just around the corner.
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One organisation that are doing their bit to help save turtle doves are G’s – a large company that grow fresh salads and vegetables. Stewart McIntyre is their Conservation and Biodiversity Manager for their Cambridgeshire farm growers and was happy to talk us through their turtle dove story:
“We know from previous surveys that turtle doves have nested on our land so we’re always looking for ways to help them. Over the past two years we have focused our efforts on improving habitats, with the help of the RSPB.
“Farmers big or small can have a positive impact. If we are serious about reversing the decline and saving the iconic turtle dove then we must act now and start putting actions in place.
“There are some fantastic people involved in turtle dove projects up and down the country with a wealth of knowledge. We must utilise this and capture the emotion this iconic bird brings to hear the romantic purring call for springs to come.”
G’s are in a unique position farming in Senegal and throughout Europe and then in various location within the UK. This gives us an opportunity to make the efforts needed in their wintering land, fly way and nesting sites.
Last Updated: Friday 11 May 2018