North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

‘Dove Step are doing a great job raising funds for our project this year, every pound means more food and shelter for our magnificent North Yorkshire Turtle Doves’  

Richard Baines Turtle Dove Project Officer – North York Moors National Park Authority
Turtle Dove – North York Moors National Park

All funds raised from Dove Step 3.1 will be donated to the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project (NYTDP). NYTDP work with farmers in the North York Moors National Park and Howardian Hills AONB to increase the scale and quality of habitats for Turtle Doves. 100% of the funds raised will be spent on Turtle Dove conservation; wild flower plots for seed food, pond management and/or scrub planting for nest sites’ For more information on the project see the North York Moors National Park Turtle Dove Project.

All our fundraising is channeled through the JustGiving page to the RSPB, as a NYTDP project partner they can ensure that all the funds reach the project and maintain Dove Step’s strict policy of ensuring every penny raised benefits Turtle Doves.

We also ensure that there is a tangible, delivered benefit from each journey; habitat creation, research, trial feeding plots, satellite tracking. There has to be this direct link to ensure we push as hard as possible and deliver for both Turtle Doves and Dove Step supporters.

Dove Step is proudly sponsored by premier optics company Opticron, as well as supporting team members Opticron actively support the Dove Step fundraising.

Just 22 day until we start clocking miles…


Dove Step does Migfest…

Welcome to Dove Step 3.1!

Dove Step 2 saw us enact our version of a triathlon – a 700 mile sea kayak, cycle and walk. This time it’s a duathlon; a cycle – run effort taking us to Spurn and specifically Migfest.

Dove Step 3.1 will see Nick Moran and myself cycle 160 miles from Thetford to Migfest at Spurn – around 50 miles further than either of us has cycled in one day before.

Then, the next day run 26.2 miles – a marathon.

We will be joined by our support crew; Mr Malcolm Fairley (of Dove Step 3 and U.K. bird watching infamy) and Mr Charlie Moores (long distance cyclist and natural world broadcaster).

A challenge should be that – challenging.

We have no idea how our bodies will feel at the 100 or indeed 150 mile mark of the cycle… then no guarantee our legs will be in a state to run the next day.

Why are we doing this? A number of reasons:

  • We should all go to Migfest! The late great Martin Garner and Andy Roadhouse have a left a legacy which is the bird watching event of the year.
  • To boost this years Dove Step fundraising.
  • Migfest is a celebration of migrants and the monitoring of migration by the BTO, SBOT and humble bird watchers like you and I. Turtle Doves are a star migrant!
  • To remind you to log your Turtle Dove records so that they’re available for conservation; via BirdTrack.
  • So you don’t forget Turtle Doves and you don’t forget Dove Step.