Museum of Natural Sciences Madrid, 22 October 2019

    Specialization profile: research in bird conservation (especially dove) and in kineastic management.

    Aware of the delicate situation in the European tortola (Streptopelia turtur) in Spain, and the need to consider the adoption of measures that may contribute to its recovery, the meeting is held between the related people below, who carry out scientific activity in the field of specialization mentioned.

    As an excerpt from the contents discussed at this meeting, we would like to convey the following conclusions:

    1. There is objective evidence of the decline of the species, sufficient to change its status to Vulnerable, as proposed by the Cataloging Commission on a rigorous scientific analysis of demographic evolution.
    2. The causes of the decline are diverse, with great importance among them, as reflected in the European Union Action Plan, changes in agriculture and reproductive habitats.
    3. The hunting currently taking place on the dove is not sustainable given the marked population decline that it experiences in our country, as well as in the rest of Western Europe, so we urge the competent administrations to ensure that they are no longer practiced as long as the situation of the species does not change.
    4. Even if the trend of the species reverses, the practice should only be authorised under certain conditions of sustainable management such as increasing the availability of food through planting and applying a reasonable, realistic and controlled catch.
    5. At the same time, we believe that the necessary habitat management measures should be implemented to improve breeding populations. There is scientific information on this, demonstration experiences and recommendations that can and should be implemented urgently.
    6. More scientific knowledge about the species must be generated in order to make better decisions. Collaboration between administrations, scientists and the hunting and conservation sectors is essential for this.
    7. We urge Spain to comply in full with the European Union Action Plan, which is to date the most elaborate scientific-technical document on the current problem of the European tortola.
    8. The results of all these actions should be continuously evaluated by monitoring populations and their habitats. In addition, the situation of the species should be reviewed on a regular basis, analysing the updated population data, as well as information on the effects of the measures taken, as recommended by Action Plan 2 European. The results of these assessments should determine future strategies for conservation and management of the species, urging the groups concerned (administration, managers, hunters and conservationists) to assume them.

    Investigators (in alphabetical order):

    • Beatriz Arroyo López. Research Institute in Cinegetic Resources (IREC) (CSIC-UCLM-JCCM).
    • Gerard Bota Cabau. Responsible for the Conservation Biology group of the Centre of Science and Forest Technology of Catalonia.
    • Juan Carranza Almansa. Director of the Research Unit in Cinegetic and Fishery Resources, University of Córdoba.
    • Mario Diaz Esteban. Researcher at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC) expert in biodiversity conservation and managed media functionality.
    • Sebastian J. Hidalgo de Trucios. Director of the Research Group on Faunistic Resources, Cinegetics and Biodiversity, University of Extremadura.
    • Lara Moreno Zárate. Researcher of the ecology, management and conservation group of Wildlife, Research Institute in Cinegetic Resources.
    • Gregorio Rocha Waiter. Department. Engineering of the Agronomic and Forestry Environment, University Center of Plasencia, University of Extremadura.
    • Mario Sáenz by Buruaga Tomillo. Director of Natural Resources Consultant.
    • Francesc Sard-Palomera. Researcher of the Conservation Biology group of the Centre of Science and Forest Technology of Catalonia.