This website supports a project being undertaken at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) to better understand the urban distribution of Stock Dove. The project will initially study the distribution of Stock Dove in Manchester. The results from Manchester will then be tested in other UK cities.

Stock Dove are one of the UK’s most poorly studied resident birds and considerably less has been written about them than their cousins; Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove or Rock Dove. Although Stock Dove are widespread the factors that affect their distribution are not well understood. Their current conservation status is Amber as their population is only slowly recovering from 1950s and 60s when poisonous organochlorine seed-dressings badly affected their numbers. BTO data shows that their population has only increased by 16% since 1984. Understanding what affects their distribution will help improve any future conservation efforts.

The aim of this project is to better understand the environmental factors that affect Stock Dove distribution. To achieve this, Stock Dove distribution has to be better understood.

Stock Dove
Stock Dove by Chris Cant - Flikr - CC BY 2.0

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