Intricately detailed drawing of a turtle dove. This beautiful bird is at risk of becoming extinct in Britain - they are becoming increasingly rare following rapid and sustained population declines. This drawing was produced as a result of reading 'Wilding' by Isabella Tree. On her Knepp Estate in Sussex, the turtle dove is breeding again. I quote what they write in their website:
According to the RSPB, Turtle Doves are the most likely bird to go extinct within our shores by 2020. The decline in this lovely species over the past few decades has been catastrophic. In the 1960s there were an estimated 125,000 pairs of Turtle Doves in Britain. That number has declined 96%. In Sussex, considered one of its last strongholds, we probably have fewer than 200 pairs.
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