While I was visiting Dalby Forest, I was asked if I might like to contribute two illustrated poems to help raise funds for turtle dove conservation in North Yorkshire.

This poem was inspired by the turtle dove’s nesting habits - they may breed once, twice or three times a year, but almost without exception they will lay two perfect white eggs each time.

Turtle doves migrate thousands of miles every year, breeding in the UK and spending the winter in Africa. They have suffered a 95% decline in the UK since 1995 and are currently on the brink of extinction. Their journeys are full of risk and danger, and all their habitats need protecting to give them a chance of survival.

All the artists’ pieces donated to this project will be auctioned to help support the North York Moors turtle dove project!

Tiffany FrancisComment