The Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur is one of our most iconic summer visitors and is under serious threat. This once frequent summer visitor to the UK is experiencing a catastrophic decline that could see it facing global extinction in the very near future. This species is being hit hard on the breeding grounds (mainly by lack of food for its young), wintering grounds and during migration (the bird is widely hunted across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East).
I was both shocked and devastated to discover that a chartered surveyor and sporting agency based in the UK is currently advertising a shooting trip to Morocco specifically to shoot Turtle Doves. The company involved is Davis and Bowring Chartered Surveyor and Land, Sporting and Estate Agents. In their text they state the following:
Numbers shot are carefully controlled to maintain a healthy wild population.
Given the serious threats to Turtle Dove populations globally this is of course not only inaccurate, but impossible!
If you are as disgusted about this as me, I would urge you to lodge your opposition via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the issues impacting Turtle Doves and the work being done to save them can be found on the multi-agency website at http://operationturtledove.org/