TWO TURTLE DOVES
Once the sound of the British summer, turtle doves mate for life and are embedded in our literary culture as a symbol of fidelity and love. These beautiful doves migrate thousands of km from their wintering grounds in sub Saharan Africa, to the UK every spring to pair bond and raise their young. Sadly, turtle doves have declined by a staggering 91% since the 1970’s and are in grave danger of becoming extinct within the next 10 years if we do not act now. Current research suggests the major limiting factor for turtle doves is access to seed during the summer months.
The species faces UK extinction within the next 10 years unless we act now.
Operation Turtle Dove was launched in 2012 as a partnership project between the RSPB, Conservation Grade, Pensthorpe Conservation Trust and Natural England with aims to save this iconic species through public participation, research and practical habitat action. The project’s ongoing research into food preferences & nutrition is giving us a much clearer picture of how we can help turtle doves and hopefully reverse this dramatic decline before it’s too late.If you are interested in knowing more about how you can help to save a bird on the brink please go to www.operationturtledove.org
MY STORY & IDEAS
Nature has always been a major inspiration for my creative work and my artwork. In the winter of 2011 I was part of an exhibition held in London that was jam packed with artists, writers and musicians who collaborated to represent their love for our extinct and endangered feathered friends.
Inspiration was whizzing around my head too. I had many thoughts for my art and for Chocally to create something to raise awareness to other of these issues. I wanted to inform people in a way that was not off-putting: an approach like the ‘clipboard people’ walking around the high street waiting to pounce on you. It needed to be something pleasant, so what better than yummy chocolate products? The idea is that you can enjoy a tasty bit of chocolate knowing that money has been raised for supporting organisations of the issue, and you can have a little read on the packaging about the subject.
With turtle doves being a big focus on my trip in Malta I wanted to do something to support Operation Turtle Dove which is an organisation designed to reserve the decline of our well-loved farmland bird. So here is my little collection of treats that you can purchase to help support us.