Research in the Netherlands

During the last decade, migration studies have been set up in the UK, Germany, France and Spain, and occasional research studies have investigated Turtle Dove ecology using radio tags. In the Netherlands there is little to no research regarding localised foraging and nesting habitat, and no research regarding their migration route to Africa.

The details of two research projects being carried out in Zeeland, a province in the south-west of the Netherlands, can be found below.

Turtle Doves in a Changing Landscape:

The daily movements and habitat preferences of a disappearing species


In 2019, the "Turtle Doves in a Changing Landscape" research project was started. Of all the factors contributing to the decline of the Turtle Dove, habitat loss in their breeding range is the only factor we can directly influence in the Netherlands. For this reason, the main focus of this project is to gain insight into the daily foraging behaviour and habitat selection of the remaining Turtle Dove population in Zeeland. Only by knowing more about their habitat preferences and what they need can we make positive changes to our landscape that attempt to halt their population decline.

For more information regarding this research, please click the link below.

A Journey Fraught with Dangers:

The migration route of a disappearing species


Two major factors causing the population decline in Turtle Dove are habitat loss in their wintering range, and unsustainable trapping and hunting (both legal and illegal). Learning more about when and how our Turtle Doves migrate to Africa and overwinter can equip us with knowledge that could lead to international change for the species. Do they follow the same route as German or British Turtle Doves? Imagine we find out that they need to stop in Malta, Spain or Morocco, where hunting is still legal at that time of year. Imagine we find out that a key wintering area is under threat. By being able to back up international and political issues with hard data makes the case for Turtle Doves much stronger than it would otherwise be.

While migration studies have been carried out in several countries in Western Europe, no research has been done on birds from the Netherlands. The “Journey Fraught with Dangers” project will be using satellite technology to follow two Turtle Doves from Zeeland on migration, providing us with live information on the dove’s whereabouts.

For more information regarding this research, please click the link below.

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