Words by Abi Scaife
A rare dove has been spotted for the first time in years.
Rare turtle dove populations have declined in the UK due to loss of habitat and food sources. With no breeding on record in over a decade, the bird is officially classed as ‘vulnerable’.
That’s why it was so amazing when Romano Da Costa, a photographer, spotted one at Jersey airport and managed to snap a picture.
What does this mean?
98% of these birds have been lost since 1970, leaving just 2,000 breeding pairs left. This paired with the fact that they rarely travel to Jersey anymore, preferring to stay in the South East of England, suggests that maybe this incredible creature might be gaining momentum again.
Just seeing this bird is a reason to be excited - and hopefully, sightings will become commonplace once again!
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
Born Free. This is a wildlife conservation charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. Find out more here.
Four Paws UK. This charity is an animal welfare organisation, working globally to help animals in need. Learn more here.
RSPCA. This is the leading animal welfare charity in the UK, and they specialise in animal rescue & furthering the welfare cause for all animals. Find out more here.