Joy to the heart


Turtle Doves sculpture

Last night I caught an interview on the television with Isabella Tree of Knepp Wildland, about the re-wilding of the once intensively farmed estate in West Sussex.

Of course my ears pricked up at the mention of Turtle Doves, as they have been my preoccupation of late (for this exhibition).  Throughout the interview birdsong could be heard in the background and also the, ‘bringing joy to the heart’ as Isabella puts it, purring of Turtle Doves.  They are breeding and thriving in a place where the Wildland Project at Knepp allows nature as much freedom as possible.

We too can have this Turtle Dove song soundtrack in North Yorkshire.

To help achieve this, the small population that are clinging on here need our urgent assistance to restore areas and create a suitable and natural habitat so that they can thrive.  I encourage you to support the exhibition by visiting, bidding in the auction, and giving any assistance you can to the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project. 

If nothing else, do go and listen to the sound a Turtle Dove makes – it will bring happiness!






  1. Comment by Ellen Abbott:

    they are wonderful!

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      I’ve just had a little peek of the work being collated and hung for the exhibition and it looks really beautiful!

  2. Comment by Rosemary Redway:

    A beautiful pair of doves. I will hopefully go to the exhibition. Such a worthy cause

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Ah thankyou! Isn’t it a worthy cause – the Turtle Dove Project has done already such a lot and I’m looking forward to the next stages of their conservation efforts.

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