December 23, 2015. Ecology
The main contributor for the decline of the turtle dove population is thought to be the loss of suitable habitat as well as associated food shortages in their breeding grounds.
The second day of Christmas is December 26, when, as most carolers know, a true love will give the gift of two turtle doves. This year, a joint effort in the UK between CEMEX and BirdLife International has achieved better – three juvenile turtle doves have been observed at a CEMEX quarry in the UK!
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN 2015) contained the sad but unsurprising news that the European turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) has been uplisted to “Vulnerable,” meaning it faces a high risk of extinction in the medium-term future. Since the main contributor for the decline of the turtle dove population is thought to be the loss of suitable habitat as well as associated food shortages in their breeding grounds, in 2014 CEMEX and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB, the UK partner of BirdLife International) embarked on a 3-year pilot conservation project at nine CEMEX quarries in central England.
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