The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project was set up in the autumn of 2015 by a small group of volunteers based in North Yorkshire. The volunteer group was greatly assisted in 2016 with resources provided at no cost byForestry England (FE) and the North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre (NEYEDC).
The main aim of the group was to initially survey the turtle dove Streptopelia turtur population in the North Yorkshire Forests.The 2016 work completed surveys in an area encompassing Cropton Forest.After collecting population data,the groupthen planned to investigate sources offunding to resource habitat improvementwhich would benefit turtle doves. The volunteer surveyswere inspired bysurveys conducted by volunteers from the North Yorkshire ForestBird Study Group(NYFBSG) (see 3.1.8 page6).
In December 2016 with help from a range of partner organizations, the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) applied for a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) grant in order to create a resourced project focused on turtle doves. In May 2017 the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project started as a three-yearproject with majority funding provided byNLHF. The project funding allowed for a project officer position covering two-days a week. Alongside the project officer, a partner team wasset up with FE, NEYEDC, Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (HH AONB), Scarborough Borough Council (SBC),Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and NYMNPA.
The NLHFTurtle Dove Project aims are:
  • Provide advice, training, support and small-scale capital work.
  • Train farmers about Turtle Dove conservation so that they can spread the word amongst the farming community.
  • Recruit volunteers to conduct surveys.
  • Deliver talks and guided walks for local residents, schools and community groups.
  • Create publicity and display material at key locations such as the Sutton Bank National Park Centre and the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.


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