The Artemisan Foundation has made an appeal to the hunting sector in Spain to be involved in the management and recovery of the European turtle dove. Through a video, the entity offers some keys to care for the species' habitats and thus favor their reproduction, a task that many preserves already perform, but "now is more necessary than ever," they say.
In it, researchers and technicians explain that although the turtle dove is a migratory species, it "returns to the place where it was born", so it can be managed as if it were sedentary. For this reason, Artemisan insists on the importance of enhancing the presence of food in areas of reproduction, and not only in the areas of passage, as well as choosing areas of interest for feeding. In addition, they advise to prepare the land before starting to feed, to provide water in the reserves where there is a shortage of this resource and to prevent livestock and big game species from eating the grain.
In the video, reference is also made to the most commonly used foods such as wheat, pipe, vetch and rapeseed mixes, as well as the areas most conducive to feeding, such as fallow land, pastures or grasslands.
Likewise, the Artemisan Foundation has made available to hunters and managers of preserves an on-line survey with the objective of carrying out a national count of turtle doves. The questionnaire includes questions about the management, the number of turtledoves seen in the feeding areas and, where appropriate, the hunting done. The data collected will be treated confidentially and will serve to know what is the current situation of the species.
The form can be downloaded at www.fundacionartemisan.com or requested through the email address email@example.com.
This video is part of the communication campaign of PIRTE (Comprehensive Recovery Plan for the European Tortola), a project that has the support of the Junta de Extremadura thanks to the work of the Extremadura de Caza Federation, and in which it also participates the University of Extremadura.
Here's the full video:
Source: Revista Jara y Sedal