The Suffolk Turtle Dove Survey

We have lost 96% of our turtle doves since 1970 and numbers are still in freefall. Their population decline is so dramatic that the species could be lost as a breeding bird in our country within the next few decades. But all is not lost. There is still time to save the gentle purr of singing males from disappearing from our countryside’s musical repertoire – but only if we act now.

NBN Current Distribution

For the current list of data sources used for this map see here:

  • Red
  • = 1985-1995

  • Orange
  • = 1996-2005

  • Yellow
  • = 2006-2015

Resources and Information

  • Key ID information can be found at the RSPB Turtle Dove ID page. Photos, descriptions and sound clips. Click here (opens in new window).
  • The Suffolk Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) 2007 for Turtle Dove can be found here

Turtle Dove Image Gallery

Turtle Dove Survey Map

See a map of Turtle Doves recorded so far on Suffolk Biological Recording Online Click Here

Survey form

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