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January 2018

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Turtle Dove Conservation Project in North Yorkshire

Turtle Dove Conservation Project in North Yorkshire

Dear RSPB members,

The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project in partnership with Howardian Hills AONB is holding a meeting on the 17th January at 7pm at the Yorkshire Arboretum for anyone interested in the project and/or interested in helping with surveys in 2018 and beyond. The surveys will not only aim to record any Turtle Doves in the project area but also a suite of nine conservation concern farmland and woodland birds. A large part of the Turtle Dove survey area falls within the York recording area.
Carrying out these surveys can be fun in themselves, but we are often asked what happens to the data collected and is there a direct benefit to Turtle Doves? Within the first six months of this project the data collected by volunteers so far has been used to identify and target the best areas to set up new feeding sites and attempt to improve nesting habitat. I can now visit a farm, explain to the land manager how important their land is for Turtle Doves based on how many birds are nearby. This makes a huge difference to the delivery of the project.
If you are interested but cannot make next week's meeting the Project will be having another meet up in April prior to the surveys starting, information on that date to follow soon (and will be posted here) Everyone is very welcome at these meetings.
For more information please email r.baines@northyorkmoors.org.uk, ring Richard on 07747753260, or follow the link below.

Richard Baines
Turtle Dove Project Officer