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Wildlife heroes embark on 300 mile trek to save dove

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Three wildlife heroes have set out on a 13 day trek that will see them cover 300 miles from Suffolk to Middlesbrough to save the turtle dove.

Three wildlife heroes have set out on a 13 day trek that will see them cover 300 miles from Suffolk to Middlesbrough to save the turtle dove.

Jonny Rankin, Andrew Goodrick and Robert Yaxley began their journey at Lakenheath Fen, on Saturday.

The friends have been raising money for Operation Turtle Dove for three years and this ‘dove trek’ is their most ambitious fund-raiser yet.

Jonny, of Bury St Edmunds, said: “growing up in the North East there was one site locally where we could see turtle dove and I still remember the first one I saw when out bird watching with my father. It was such a striking bird and so exciting to see it left an indelible mark.

“When I learnt of Operation Turtle Dove and the very real possibility that we could see a UK extinction of turtle doves in my lifetime I wanted to do everything I could to support.”

The European turtle dove is a dainty bird that breeds in the UK. Numbers have fallen dramatically since the 1970 with just nine birds remaining for every 100 there were 40 years ago.

The three trekkers will come close to covering a marathon each day for the 13 day journey, which takes them through the traditional summer range of the dove.

They will complete their route on April 10 at the RSPB’s Saltholme nature reserve.

To sponsor go to www.justgiving.com/DoveStep

To keep up to date with Jonny, Andrew and Robert’s route go to www.dovestep.wordpress.com

 

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