What are we doing in the Netherlands?

Limited knowledge about the Turtle Dove, combined with their population decline, has led to the compilation of an International Species Action Plan by Birdlife International and its partners (completed May 2018). This plan identifies issues and knowledge gaps across the Turtle doves' breeding and wintering range. It also sets out the next steps that countries, including the Netherlands, will need to take in order to halt the decline and ultimately restore the population.

In the Netherlands in 2019...


  • Birdlife Netherlands has started to roll out a feeding plan, similar to that in the UK. This provides additional food where needed, to halt population decline of Turtle Doves. Read more...

  • A scientific research project has begun in Zeeland to find out more about the habitat preferences of turtle doves breeding in areas of farmland. Read more...

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