This time we got even more friends to come along - and met a real life dragon, Deborah Meaden. It was great to see so many people involved in the the MCS annual Beach Clean, but you don't have to wait a whole year! They organise beach cleans all year around, just like Surfers Against Sewage.
In April 2017, we were shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) for our project VR: The Ocean. One month later, after an intense day of pitching our idea to judges including Jim Bradshaw who is Head of Film for the BAFTA awards (we were quite nervous!), we had the awards ceremony the very same evening. Although we didn't make the final cut, we are very happy to have had this opportunity to present our idea and meet incredible people along the way. It was a fantastic experience and only made us more motivated to chase our dream.
The Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant bird species in the world, with numbers of 5 billion birds at their peak. Within the space of just 50 years, due to habitat loss, excessive hunting and disease they have been persecuted into global extinction.
The Turtle Dove, one of Europe's most common migrating bird species has declined by 78% within just 35 years, due to habitat loss, excessive hunting and disease. They are now on the IUCN Red list of threatened species. Tara Proud, of the RSPB, said: “The decline of the passenger pigeon decline is an unerringly similar story to the decline of our very own turtle dove, which currently is halving in number every six years. It’s too late for passenger pigeons, but 100 years on we don’t have to accept that turtle doves will suffer the same fate.
The parallels are too similar to ignore. Let's learn from our past mistakes and do everything we can to save this majestic species from the same avoidable fate.
We have compiled a list of links that we find interesting. These include tips on how to make your garden more Turtle Dove friendly, where you can donate and more general links on alternative products for a more environmental-conscious lifestyle.
Operation Turtle Dove
Operation Turtle Dove has been tracking the journeys of several birds to learn more about their behaviours and migration routes. This helps them find out which challenges the birds encounter and target their conservation efforts more effectively. Find out more and track the birds yourself here.
Help Save Turtle Doves
- Creating habitat and a food source for Turtle Doves in your own garden.
- Buy products from companies that set aside as least 10% of land for wildlife habitat.
- Shopping and price comparison website that donates its commission to your chosen charity
- Report sightings of Turtle Doves
- Donations and animal adoptions
Showcase alternative products services lifestyle
Rewild.life day out! We had a fantastic day out in the sun while cleaning up the beach. It's unbelievable how many cotton bud sticks and bottle caps we picked up.