Turtle Doves

Hope for Surrey’s Turtle Doves

The Turtle Dove is sadly on the verge of local extinction within Surrey, with only a small number of records each year. This reflects that it is one of the UK’s fastest-declining wild bird species. As a long distance migrant, conservation efforts for Turtle Dove must span across countries and continents.  This year, the species has been thrown a “lifeline” by the European Commission, who have recommended that no Turtle Dove will be hunted in south-west Europe in 2023 for the third year running.

Whilst most of the population decline since the 1970s is primarily … Read more

May 2023

Wednesday 31st

Beddington Farmlands: 7 Greenshank on North Lake; also Common Sandpiper and Shelduck (D Bulling/J Snell).

Chobham Common: Short-eared Owl at south end at 20:45 (S Portugal).

Island Barn Reservoir (permit only): Black Tern (S Musievski/D Spragg).

London Wetland Centre: Grey Plover flew north at 07:15; also Ringed Plover on Main Lake and 2 Common Sandpipers (A Salmon/W Newnham/M Wheeler/A Wilkinson).

Tice’s Meadow: Redshank (R Horton).

Tuesday 30th

Greenshank, Beddington Farmlands (P Rogers).
Greenshank, Beddington Farmlands (P Rogers).

Beddington Farmlands: 8 Greenshank on North Lake; also Ringed Plover (P Rogers/D Warren).

Chantries: 2 Hawfinches over (M Kettell).… Read more