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Turtle Doves – Fun Facts

On April 6, 2016, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

The small, delicate turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) is slightly larger than a blackbird. It has dark black and chestnut upper parts with a white belly and pink breast. The flight is characterised by flickering wing beats interspersed by short glides. The scientific name turtur comes from the soft ‘turr turr‘ call….

Turtle Dove Migration

On March 25, 2016, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

The Turtle Dove is Britain’s only migratory dove, arriving on the breeding grounds in late April/early May, departing back to the non-breeding areas in arid sub-Saharan West Africa in late August/early September. With two-thirds of its annual cycle spent away from the breeding areas, it is important that we also…

When Turtle Doves Visit the UK

On March 25, 2016, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

Turtle doves are summer visitors the UK, and are mainly found in England. These birds are more often heard than seen, and their distinctive, gentle, purring song has long been a characteristic sound of summer. The name ‘turtle dove’ is not a reference to the tortoiseshell patterning on their plumage,…

Create a Home for a Friend

On February 3, 2016, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

Over half of UK adults put out food for birds – that’s a lot of extra help we’re giving our birds. This feeding will ensure your garden is visited all year round. It’s an easy activity to get kids involved with nature. Don’t worry if it seems to take ages…