Suffolk MP to champion plight of Turtle Doves

The RSPB's warning that there's been a sharp decline in the number of Turtle Doves in the east and they've been placed on the list of threatened species.

Numbers of Turtle Doves breeding in Britain have dropped by 94 per-cent over the last 20 years.

They normally nest in thick hedges, normally close to fresh water.

Now South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge is taking up the cause of the Turtle Doves, with the Sudbury area one of their few remaining strongholds.

He wants to make sure farmers help to protect the environment.

"Traditionally, turtle doves have always been here on the farm. You would see lots of them, including young birds, but over the years they have got less and less, until one year you don't even hear them. It's worrying. That's why I think we've got to do something. If you don't have the habitats they need, they won't have a chance."

– FARMER NICK OLIVER

"I am proud to be the 'Species Champion' of the Turtle Dove, and I am very impressed to see the work that one of our local farmers is doing to secure the future of this species in my constituency. In a week when the House of Commons has tightened the law around ivory trade, it is a reminder of the commitment at government and parliamentary level to increase our protection of our vulnerable species and environment."

– SOUTH SUFFOLK MP JAMES CARTLIDGE