A new print emerges as the daylight increases but will we see the beloved turtle dove again in our land?
Turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) have suffered a 91% UK population decline since 1995. As Europe’s only long distance migratory dove they are ecologically unique. After wintering on their non-breeding grounds in Sub-Saharan West Africa they spend just a third of the year on their breeding grounds in Europe.
In the words of Emily Dickinson:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers \ That perches in the soul