It seems turtle doves could soon be a thing of the past if a RSPB rescue mission is not successful. There has been a dramatic decline in the numbers of turtle doves according to the RSPB who are launching an urgent mission to reverse the decline in numbers. As part of the scheme plots of farming land will be sown with seed rich plants to try and replace sources of food that are now scarce in the countryside. Captive turtle doves will also be studied to see which seed mixtures are most popular and nutritious for the birds. The decline of the species is not fully understood but it is thought that it is due to changes in farming methods which mean the wild plants the birds depend upon are now rare in the countryside.