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Suffolk Turtle Dove Survey

logoTurtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) are in trouble; they are vulnerable to global extinction (IUCN Red List of Endangered Species). They have suffered a 94% UK population decline since 1995 and a 78% decline across Europe since 1980. At this current rate of change if we don’t help this species scientists calculate that complete UK extinction as a breeding species will be a real possibility.

  • Operation Turtle Dove has an important and urgent mission to reverse the fortunes of this enigmatic and culturally significant bird. Please help us to save them.
  • Key ID information can be found at the RSPB Turtle Dove ID page
  • The archived Action Plan (BAP) 2007 and a factsheet can be found here

Please note: If your form does not save please leave it for a couple of hours and then re-try it. The database that the forms link to is provided by an external organisation that needs to periodically take it offline for software updates. We have no advance notification that this will happen.

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Enter the recorder's name, if different


Select the date of the record.

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Please provide any other information about the record which you think will be useful.

Sighting Information

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Please indicate the life stage of the bird, if recorded.

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Provide an indication of the abundance


Please indicate the sex of the bird, if recorded.


If anyone helped with the identification please enter their name here


Provide the name of the site. Do not enter a postal address as the information you provide will be visible to others.


This is the precision that the record will be shown at for public viewing


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Or simply click on your rough position on the map.

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