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Flying Start – new hope for the Turtle-dove

Date posted: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Joscelyne Ashpole from RSPB (BirdLife UK) explains why there is new hope for the Turtle-dove across its migratory flyways. 

Turtle-dove in Morocco © Barend van Gemerden

A long-distance flyer, the Turtle-dove migrates from its European breeding grounds to winter in Africa. All three main migratory flyways – western via France and Spain, central via Italy and eastern via Greece – present perilous hurdles including lack of food and water, hunting and illegal killing as well as sea and desert crossings to reach sub-Saharan Africa. Read all about it here.

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