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MEP celebrates becoming first RSPB “species champion”

Today Catherine Bearder became an advocate for the turtle dove, the first MEP in England to lend her political support to protect threatened wildlife by becoming a “species champion.”


Euro-MP Catherine Bearder visited Kent last week to learn more about the species and the ongoing work of the RSPB.

As a passionate campaigner for the protection of wildlife, Catherine has already sought assurances from Environment Commissioner, Vella, that the Birds and Habitats Directive will be protected.

Now, as advocate for the turtle dove, she will continue to look at other ways to protect the bird across the continent.

Of the partnership, Catherine commented:

“ I am incredibly proud to have been chosen as the turtle dove champion by RSPB  as part of their MEP species champion initiative.

“This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for the RSPB to work with policy makers and arm them with the information when sitting at the decision making table.

“I look forward to working with the campaign team and the site wardens who do an absolutely brilliant job at ensuring the turtle dove has a safe home on our shores.”

Chris Corrigan, regional director for RSPB in the South East said: “The South East is so important for the turtle dove.  We are delighted that Catherine Bearder MEP has agreed to support the turtle dove and become the first MEP Species Champion. Her support will help raise the profile of the plight of this amazing bird and help gain wider appreciation for and protect its habitat.”

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