|Turtle Dove in Westhorpe|
The RSPB study can be found on http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/details.aspx?id=tcm%3A9-256893 but it involves watching, monitoring, ringing, radio tagging, nest finding and alot of listening for the unmistakable purring sound that is the Turtle Dove song. We are delighted to assist with a research project of this type as we feel that in is important to put all of the benefits of the work that we are doing to good use. By having tall hedges and areas of tall scrub we are providing the ideal nesting habitat for Turtle Doves and in recent years they have not let us down. Last year we were able to each and ring 5 adult birds at sites in Westhorpe and Gislingham which is not bad considering there was only 28 ringed in the
These plots will be down for two years and hopefully will give us and the RSPB a greater understanding of the feeding and breeding habits of these birds which have declined by over 90% since 1970.