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Report a Turtle Dove Sighting

 if you are fortunate enough to see or hear a Turtle Dove, please do help us by logging your sighting on the form below. This will assist us in identifying suitable locations for the future release of our Turtle Doves into the wild. Depending on the date, your sighting could provide further helpful evidence of over-wintering. 

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The Turtle Dove is the UK’s smallest native Dove (L 25-28 cm, WS 45-50 cm), approximately half the size of a Wood Pigeon.

Turtle Doves are generally seen from April to September foraging on the ground or perching on telephone wires but may be harder to see if they are in the tree canopy where they can be well hidden.

They have an orange eye, bright orange-brown feather edges on their upper parts, a white tipped tail and a patch of black and white stripes on their neck.

Their song is a distinctive deep, hard purring, ‘turrrrrr turrrrrr turrrrrr’ repeated several times.

As proof of captive breeding, the birds we release are ringed on both legs with a closed 6 mm size ‘P’ seamless light metal ring. These have kindly been donated to the Trust by the International Ornithological Association (IOA). They are coded dark blue for 2023 and red for 2024. Each one has a unique 4-digit number in between the letters and numbers ‘P20’ and ‘IOA’.

For example:

P20 2062 IOA & P20 2063 IOA 

P20 2056 IOA & P20 2057 IOA

Please report any sightings or found birds with the above closed rings to the IOA Membership Ring Secretary at

European Turtle Dove - Streptopelia turtur, ground foraging

Latest Turtle Dove Sightings in East Anglia

14/06/20241Great Oakley, EssexIn garden under seed feeder
13/06/20241Maxey, CambsHeard Woodgate Lane, Maxey Cut
09/06/20241Foulsham, NorfolkIn garden
09/06/20241Beccles, SuffolkOn ground at garden bird feeder
08/06/20242Great Ashfield, SuffolkUnder garden bird table
06/06/20241Kings Forest, SuffolkHeard
05/06/20242Wells-next-the-Sea, NorfolkSeen am
02/06/20243Titchwell, NorfolkAt Tank Road
01/06/20243Burnham-on-Crouch, EssexSeen pm at marsh
31/05/20241Fressingfield, SuffolkIn garden
28/05/20241Cottenham, CambsSmithey Fen am
20/05/20243Witcham, Cambs seen along Bury Lane
19/05/20242Wakering Stairs, EssexSinging males
19/05/20241Kelling, NorfolkOn heath at Holgate Hill
18/05/20241Strumpshaw Fen, NorfolkRSPB
02/06/20241Snettisham, NorfolkAt beach car park
17/05/20241Geldeston, NorfolkSeen on and off
08/05/20242Paglesham Church End, EssexIn back garden
07/05/20241Wymondham, NorfolkFlew into Cavick House grounds
07/05/20241Overstrand, NorfolkSeen am
05/04/20241Langford, EssexHeard
04/05/20241Fingringhoe Wick, EssexEWT
02/05/20241Wrabness, EssexMale singing EWT
01/05/20241Salthouse, NorfolkHeard in Heath's dense gorse
01/05/20241Paglesham Church end, EssexIn back garden
22/04/20241Sotterley, SuffolkMale heard singing
15/04/20241Hulver Street, SuffolkIn garden
14/04/20241Histon, CambsMale singing AM
12/04/20241Cambridge, CambsMale singing
1Titchwell, NorfolkFlew east RSPB
16/09/20231Reedham, Norfolkam
07/09/20233Mettingham, SuffolkBreeding pair + 1
05/09/20231Seething, NorfolkOn wires at Biggott Lane
03/09/20232Snettisham, NorfolkAt edge of wash
28/08/20231Ditchingham, NorfolkTunneys Lane
15/08/20232Grunty Fen, CambsJuveniles on wires
05/08/20231Kelling, NorfolkAt Heath
27/07/20231Wrabness, EssexEWT
25/07/20233Wakering Stairs, Essexpm
18/07/20231Kedington, SuffolkIn garden
13/07/20231Shipdham, NorfolkHeard
08/07/20231Brandon, SuffolkIn garden
08/07/20231Mundford, NorfolkJuvenile in garden
08/07/20231Wollaston, NorthamptonshireSummer Leys NR
04/07/20231Ufford, SuffolkIn garden
27/06/20238Diss, NorfolkOn farmland
25/06/20231Emneth, NorfolkIn garden
22/06/20232Etton, CambsAt Maxey Pits
20/06/20231New Rackheath, NorfolkOff Spencer Road
17/06/20231Friston, SuffolkOn wire
11/06/20231Landguard, SuffolkNR am
09/06/20233Kings Lynn, NorfolkAt Stoke Ferry cut
05/06/20232Thurston, SuffolkAt Black Bourn Valley NR
03/06/20231Cottenham, CambsAt Church Lane
31/05/20231West Row, SuffolkIn garden
30/05/20231Alderton, SuffolkIn garden
27/05/20237Fingringhoe, EssexEWT
27/05/20231Brandon, SuffolkOn private estate
25/05/20231Stowmarket, Suffolkpm
25/05/20231Ixworth Thorpe, Suffolkam
25/05/20232Paglesham Churchend, EssexIn garden
24/05/20232Brancaster Straithe, Norfolkpm at Barrow Common
21/05/20231Woodbridge, SuffolkBy river Deben
17/05/20232Terrington St John, NorfolkIn disused paddock
16/05/20231Ouse Fen, CambsRSPB
15/05/20232Wyverstone, SuffolkIn scrubland pm
15/05/20235Salthouse, NorfolkAt Heath am
15/05/20231Fen Drayton, CambsRSPB
11/05/20231Fulbourn, CambsNE at Wilbraham Common
10/05/20231Abberton, EssexSeen by reservoir
09/05/20232Hunworth, Norfolkpm
07/05/20231Sotterley, SuffolkSotterley Estate
07/05/20231Martlesham, SuffolkMartlesham Creek
07/05/20231Hulver Street, Suffolkpm
07/05/20231Lowestoft, SuffolkFlew SW over Denes Oval
07/05/20231Holme next the Sea, NorfolkHolme Dunes NWT
28/04/20231Brisley, Norfolkam at Harper's Green
25/04/20232Foulness Island, EssexAt garden feeders 8am
23/04/20231Boreham, EssexIn garden
08/04/20231Roydon, NorfolkOn wires Common NNR
06/04/20231Sculthorpe, NorfolkSculthorpe Moor NR
06/04/20232Little Paxton, CambsPaxton Pits
03/04/20232Caister-on-Sea, NorfolkIn garden
19/02/20231Saxmundham, SuffolkIn garden pm
02/10/20221Titchwell, NorfolkJuvenile, RSPB
29/09/20221Snettisham, NorfolkIn RSPB reserve
15/09/20221Smithey Fen, CambsJuvenile at Cottenham Lode
11/09/20222Sizewell, SuffolkOn wires, west of Sizewell Hall
06/09/20221Ellough, SuffolkFlew towards sewage works, am
06/09/20221Long Melford, SuffolkFlew north
06/09/20221The Naze, EssexAt farm
06/09/20221St Osyth, EssexJuvenile at Wigboro Wick farm, am
01/09/20221Hazlewood Common, SuffolkJuvenile, Marshes SWT
27/08/20221Weybourne, NorfolkFlew over Camp am
22/08/20221Bainton, CambsOn GPs
20/08/20221Potton Creek, EssexAt old tip
20/08/20221Wakering Stairs, Essexam
20/08/20221Wells, NorfolkFlew over Warham Road
19/08/20221Cottenham, CambsAt Church Lane
10/08/20221Old Hall Marshes, Essexam RSPB
31/07/20221Holme next the Sea, NorfolkDunes, NWT
30/07/20221Fowlmere, CambsRSPB am
30/07/20221Fen Drayton, CambsRSPB Reserve
24/07/20224Wrabness, EssexEWT mid morning
23/07/20223Bluntisham, CambsAt Berry Fen
22/07/20223Stow cum Quy, Cambspm
21/07/20224Hulver Street, Suffolkam
20/0720221Cley-next-the-Sea, NorfolkOn Holt Road pm
12/07/20222Ouse Fen, CambsRSPB east of River Great Ouse
04/07/20221Maxey, Cambsam at gravel pits
25/06/20221Foulsham, NorfolkIn garden
22/06/20221Abberton, Essexfrom Layer Breton Causeway
22/06/20221Kelling, NorfolkAt Heath
21/06/20222Hardingham, NorfolkOn wires by footpath Hall Farms
20/06/20221St, Ives, CambsAt golf course
19/06/20221Needingworth, Cambsat Overcote
19/06/20221Maldon, EssexIn garden
19/06/20221Salthouse, NorfolkIn Hawthorn on Heath pm
18/06/20221Burston, Norfolkpm
18/06/20221Roxwell, EssexAt Boyton Hall Lane
18/06/20221Histon, CambsMale at Abbey Fields
17/06/20221Stowmarket, SuffolkFeeding in garden
15/06/20221Longstanton, CambsBy Busway
15/06/20221Sotterley, Suffolkam
15/06/20221Haddenham, CambsMale singing in garden
15/06/20221Martlesham, SuffolkAt creek
12/06/20221Nayland, Suffolkpm
11/06/20223Woodbridge, SuffolkNear Kyson Hill, am
09/06/20221Sidestrand, NorfolkFlew East
08/06/20221Grafham Water, Cambsam
07/06/20221Alderford Common, Norfolkpm
03/06/20221West Row, SuffolkAdult + Juvenile feeding in garden
02/06/20221Great Moulton, NorfolkMale singing at Downsland Park
30/05/20221Wymondham, Norfolkpm near village woods
28/05/20221Harston, CambsIn garden
28/05/20221Russell Green, Essexpm below wires
27/05/20221Mutford, SuffolkOn wires by garden, pm
27/05/20221Fressingfield, Suffolkam
26/05/20221Feltwell, NorfolkOn farm track at Hythe Road
26/05/20221Hazlewood Marshes, Suffolkam SWT
25/05/20222Trimley Marshes, Suffolkflew towards Shotley
25/05/20221Huntingfield, SuffolkIn garden WNW 1m mile from Cratfield
25/05/20221Hethersett, NorfolkOn wires
24/05/20221Buxton, Norfolkpm
22/05/20221Overcote, Cambspm Great Ouse river
21/05/20222Winterton-on-Sea, NorfolkFlew North over dunes NNR
21/05/20221Fressingfield, SuffolkAt Wakelyn's Farm
17/05/20221Felixstowe, SuffolkLandguard NR
16/05/20226Blaxhall, SuffolkAt Ship Cottages mid pm
15/05/20221Canewdon, EssexAt Lower Raypits EWT
14/05/20221Fingringhoe, EssexMale singing
14/05/20221New Buckingham, NorfolkMale singing
13/05/209223Hunstanton, NorfolkFlew south over cliffs
12/05/20221Ardleigh, EssexAt reservoir - am
11/05/20221Cromer, Norfolkat golf course
11/05/20221Bardwell Suffolkpm
09/05/20221Carlton Marshes, NorfolkSWT am
08/05/20222Thurston, Suffolkat Black Bourne Valley NR pm
03/05/20222West Mersea, EssexAt edge of saltings at Mayday's Farm - am
02/05/20223Stonham Aspal, SuffolkAt Brewery Farm
30/04/20221Santon Downham, SuffolkMid morning between offices & river
18/04/20221Swaffham, Norfolkam
13/04/20221Boreham. EssexIn garden
10/03/20221Needham Market, SuffolkSeen & heard Priestley Wood
06/03/20221Swaffham, NorfolkSeen sitting on farmland hedge on outskirts
25/12/20211Broom Green, NorfolkFeeding in private garden
25/10/20211Barling MagnaIn garden
16/10/20211Hunstanton, NorfolkFlew south over cliffs
22/09/20211The Naze, Essexpm
19/09/20213Hulver Street, Suffolk2 adults & Juv. near Sandy Lane
15/09/20211Thorpeness, SuffolkAt old caravan site
14/09/20211Cottenham, CambsAt Smithy Fen
13/09/20211Titchwell, NorfolkRSPB
10/09/20212Beighton, NorfolkSeen early evening
08/09/20211Dickleburgh, NorfolkOff Norwich Road opposite Orchard Farm
08/09/20211Cley-next-the-Sea NWT, NorfolkIn SW corner of Snipe's Marsh
08/09/20211Grunty Fen, CambsAdult In garden
08/09/20211Ouse Fen, CambsRSPB, flew through Cuckoo Fen at 9.35
04/09/202110Snettisham, NorfolkRSPB pm
02/09/20211Wrabness EWT, EssexSeen from sea wall
29/08/20211Abberton, EssexAt reservoir
28/08/20211Salthouse, NorfolkHeath at 3.25 pm
20/08/20211Little Wilbraham Fen, CambsJuvenile
19/08/20211Russell Green, EssexOn wires behind fishing lake mid morning
18/08/20212Wilbraham Common, Cambspm
18/08/20213Etton, CambsMaxey GPs
15/08/20211Pulham Market, NorfolkJuvenile 1 mile north at Colegate End
15/08/20211North Warren RSPB, SuffolkRSPB pm
09/08/20211Weybourne, NorfolkFlew west over camp am
06/08/20211Stradsett, NorfolkAt Grove Farm feeding in a wild bird seed plot
06/08/20211Holme next the Sea, NorfolkOn dunes along approach road
05/08/20212Saffron Walden, EssexNE at Ashdon early am
29/07/20212Wakering Stairs, EssexIn bushes near buildings
29/07/20211Fingringhoe WickEWT pm
27/07/20212Bainton, CambsGPs by fishing lake
22/07/20211Boyton Marshes, SuffolkAt Banters Barn pm
21/07/20211Heacham, NorfolkSouth beach pm
18/07/20211Long Stanton, CambsMidway along Wilson's Road
15/07/20211Thwaite, NorfolkToad Lane opposite Observatory am
11/07/20211Litlington, Cambspm
11/07/20216Stapleford, CambsS at Dernford Farm
10/07/20211Botesdale, SuffolkMale singing 1.5 miles ESE am
05/07/20211Stonham Aspal, SuffolkAt Brewery Farm
05/07/20211HorseyMale singing at Horsey Corner
03/07/20211Blythburgh, SuffolkOn wires above pig farm SSW at Hinton
28/06/20212Ixworth, Suffolk4 miles NE in garden
25/06/20213Keyston, Cambspm
24/06/20212Wicken Fen, CambsAt NT pm
23/06/20213Wakes Colne, Essexam
22/06/20211Fen Drayton, CambsMale singing near Ferry Mere
21/06/20211Heybridge, EssexOn feeder in garden by Elms Farm
20/06/20212Thurston, SuffolkAt Black Bourn Valley SWT pm
18/06/20213Boreham, EssexIn garden
18/06/20211Westleton, SuffolkOn common
16/06/20211Braxted Park, EssexBy road pm
14/06/20211Fen Drayton Lakes, CambsRSPB
13/06/20211Wreningham, NorfolkIn wood
10/06/20211Northrepps, NorfolkAt Hungry Hill am
08/06/20211Langham, NorfolkIn garden am
07/06/20213Covington, Cambsam
07/06/20211St Ives, CambsGP am
07/06/20211Salthouse, NorfolkOn heath
06/06/20212Kimberley, NorfolkOn wires at 8.40pm
06/06/20211Maldon, EssexMale singing am on wire above towpath
06/06/20213West Stow, SuffolkAt country park
06/06/20211Ramsholt, Suffolk8am in tree behind wetland
06/06/20212Lackford Lakes, SuffolkSWT
03/06/20211Ellough, SuffolkAt east end of airfield pm
03/06/20211Thorington Street, Suffolkam
03/06/20211Chelmsford, Essexin garden
02/06/20213Fulbourn, CambsSeen 1 mile NE
02/06/20211Sotterley, SuffolkBy gatehouse entrance to church
02/06/20211Stowmarket, SuffolkNNW at Haughley
31/05/20211Hickling Broad, NorfolkNWT
30/05/20211Happisburgh, Norfolkpm
30/05/20211Tuddenham St. Martin, SuffolkMale singing pm
28/05/20211Kelling Heath, Norfolkpm
28/05/20211Sidestrand, Norfolkam flew E
27/05/20212Foulness Island, EssexSinging males
27/05/20211Cavenham, SuffolkBy Icklingham Road pm
27/05/20212Alderford, NorfolkAt common at 5.30pm
25/05/20211Landguard, SuffolkFlew over NR
23/05/20211Minsmere, SuffolkRSPB
22/05/20211Wattisham, SuffolkMale singing airfield
22/05/20212Walberswick, Suffolkpm
17/05/20211Heybridge, EssexNW at Langford
16/05/20211Danbury, EssexMale singing 1.5 miles E
16/05/20211Colchester, EssexIn garden at Monkwick
16/05/20211Goldhanger, EssexMale singing by sea wall, am
16/05/20211Wells, NorfolkAt North Point Pools
15/05/20211Caister-on-Sea, NorfolkIn garden by golf course