We've been talking in one of our 6pm groups about the decline in turtle dove population visiting east and southern England in recent summers (down 94% since 1995). This morning in an early visit to check on some sheep, I came upon this lovely scene. The turtle dove is sitting on top of the telegraph pole, singing to his nearby female, and also eyeing up the black medick, bird's-foot trefoil and clover plants that provide the small spherical seeds that they feed on. The location is just north-west of Peterborough, at the top end of Cambridgeshire.
After many years working Perkins Engines Company as an engineer focussed on reducing diesel engine exhaust emissions, I have changed direction, and am now working in conservation. I have completed the first year of an MSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation in Cambridge (ARU). Since Oct 2019 I have been working as a voluntary officer for the Wildlife Trust BCN on the Great Fen project. I am also heavily involved with the Langdyke Countryside Trust, who look after 200 acres of nature reserves in Jon Clare Countryside, north-west of Peterborough (in north Cambridgeshire, UK). Like many others, my 2020 plans have been significantly impacted by the Covid19 lockdown, so I am looking for the positives, and pursuing opportunities to acquire new skills.
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