turtle doves

Rewild.life Lessons Spring 2017

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.

Timeline to illustrate the parallels of the now extinct Passenger Pigeons and the declining European Turtle Dove.  Passenger Pigeon Illustration by Tim Hough  Turtle Dove Photo by Revital Salomon

Timeline to illustrate the parallels of the now extinct Passenger Pigeons and the declining European Turtle Dove.

Passenger Pigeon Illustration by Tim Hough

Turtle Dove Photo by Revital Salomon

Rewild.life Choices Spring 2017

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.

http://www.operationturtledove.org/nature-enthusiasts/gardening-tips/

  • Buy products from companies that set aside as least 10% of land for wildlife habitat.

http://www.conservationgrade.org/brands/

  • Shopping and price comparison website that donates its commission to your chosen charity

https://www.giveasyoulive.com/howitworks

  • Report sightings of Turtle Doves

https://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack/taking-part

  • Donations and animal adoptions

http://www.pensthorpetrust.org.uk/adoptions/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/applications/Donations/single/index.aspx?dt=APLITH0352

 

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