On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … two turtle doves.

26 December is, as the traditional Christmas song goes, the second day of Christmas and the Operation Turtle Dove partnership is launching an exciting competition today!

Operation Turtle Dove is a new partnership triggered by the impending crisis facing turtle doves. However, the partnership logo of the special symbolic doves of love and fidelity are currently nameless.

Operation Turtle Dove is asking people to take part in a competition to name the turtle doves on their logo  Even if you have not been blessed with their appearance in your garden over the year, you may have an affection for these iconic British summer birds, so get together with friends and family over the festive period and propose a pair of names for this special logo.

Alison Gardner from Operation Turtle Dove said: “The turtle doves in our Operation Turtle Dove logo are very close to our hearts. They represent the determination of a united collaboration between four conservation organisations that are passionate about making a real difference to save this bird from UK extinction. We know how much affection the British public have towards this very special dove so we thought you could help give our loved up pair names.”

Operation Turtle Dove is asking for one male name and one female suggestion for the pair of doves. The names for the male bird, on the left, and the female bird, on the right of the logo, will be entered into a competition. Five pairs of names will be chosen at the end of January 2013. The final names will then be decided by the general public who will vote for their favourite names online between 1-13 February.

Prize will be a Valentines chocolate heart from our supporter Cally Higginbottom at Chocally http://chocally.co.uk/


How To Enter:

Send your suggested pair of names, along with your name, address and contact details to turtledove@rspb.org.uk or post to RSPB, Name the Logo Turtle Doves Competition, Stalham House, 65 Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1UD. The competition launches on Wednesday 26th December and the closing date is 31st January 2013.


Terms & Conditions

  1. Entries must be received by 31st January 2013 irrespective of the date of posting. Proof of posting will not be deemed to be proof of delivery.
  2. Any entry, which is incomplete, illegible or late, will be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of the project partners.
  3. This prize draw is open to UK residents only.
  4. There is no cash alternative to the competition prize.
  5. The winner will be notified on the 14th February 2013. 
  6. The prize will be delivered within 28 days of the closing date.
  7. The results, winner's name and county, will be published on the websites of the project partners and links to these sites will be published on Twitter. The editor’s decision on all matters affecting this draw is final and legally binding. No correspondence regarding the results of the draw will be entered into.
  8. Any employee of the RSPB, Conservation Grade, Pensthorpe Conservation Trust or Natural England, or their immediate family, will be ineligible to enter.
  9. Any winner who has not responded to notification within 21 days will forfeit their prize; a replacement winner will be selected from other entrants.