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Doodle a Dove sketches. From left to right: Russel Tovey, Jim Broadbent, Sophie ThompsonDoodle a Dove sketches. From left to right: Russel Tovey, Jim Broadbent, Sophie Thompson

Silent auction and eBay sale of celebrity ‘doodle a dove’ sketches to raise money for turtle dove conservation

Two different art auctions will be raising money to help save the region’s endangered turtle doves this September, with the creators ranging from celebrated wildlife artists to actors and TV presenters.

The ‘Saving Turtle Doves’ exhibition opens at Low Dalby courtyard in Dalby Forest and at the Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, on Thursday 5 September.

On display will be works by some of the UK’s most renowned artists and photographers, including Alan Hunt; widely regarded as one of the best wildlife artists in the world. Each of the 16 confirmed professional artists will have pieces for sale, and have also donated a work of art to be sold in a silent auction, with proceeds going to the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project.  

Alongside the more traditional exhibition, an online auction will see the sale of more than 25 ‘dove doodles’ created by stars of the screen, including Claudia Winkleman, Ben Kingsley, Jim Broadbent, Chris Packham and Jessica Hynes. Copies of these pieces will be displayed at the Courtyard in Dalby Forest, with the framed originals listed on eBay until 16 October.

Petra Young, Funding & Development Manager for Forestry England, said:

“We are excited to receive the support of so many professional artists, as well as from a great number of celebrities. We hope the celebrity doodles really help to inspire and involve the wider public in the plight of this iconic bird.”

The exhibitions and auctions are a collaboration between Forestry England, which celebrates its centenary this September, and the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Richard Baines, from the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project said:

“Turtle doves are now critically endangered in the UK. We’re incredibly fortunate that the landscape of the North York Moors provides one of the last remaining strongholds for the species, but it’s vital we continue work to help restore some of the turtle doves’ natural habitat.

“These two exciting auctions not only give members of the public the chance to own some truly superb and unique pieces of art, but also allows them to contribute to the continued survival of a very special bird.”

The Saving Turtle Doves silent auction opens at the start of the exhibition on Thursday 5 September, concluding on Sunday 13 October.

For more information, including details of the reception event taking place on Saturday 5 October, please visit as well as the Forestry England website. To view the celebrity ‘Doodle a Dove’ sketches, please search for Doodle a Dove on eBay.


Media contact

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772700

About the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project

The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project is a partnership project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, North York Moors National Park Authority, Forestry England and Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in partnership with RSPB, Scarborough Borough Council, and North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre. For more information on how you and your community could help please email

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit

Forestry England

Forestry England manages and cares for the nation’s 1,500 woods and forests, with over 230 million visits per year. As England’s largest land manager, we shape landscapes and are enhancing forests for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and businesses to grow. For more information visit Forestry England is an agency of the Forestry Commission.