Heart and Hope win Alice prize

A Sheffield girl has given a boost to Britain's endangered Turtle Doves after winning a competition set up by the Royal society for the Protection of Birds. '''''Six year old Alice Stavert-Dobson, from Stocksbridge, entered a competition to name the two Turtle Doves found on the logo of the RSPB's Operation Turtle Dove campaign. Alice's entry, which dubbed the doves Heart and Hope, won first prize. '''Alice is 6 and her sister Thea is 3.'We live in Stocksbridge and she attends Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School.

A Sheffield girl has given a boost to Britain's endangered Turtle Doves after winning a competition set up by the Royal society for the Protection of Birds. '''''Six year old Alice Stavert-Dobson, from Stocksbridge, entered a competition to name the two Turtle Doves found on the logo of the RSPB's Operation Turtle Dove campaign. Alice's entry, which dubbed the doves Heart and Hope, won first prize. '''Alice is 6 and her sister Thea is 3.'We live in Stocksbridge and she attends Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School.

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creative Sheffield schoolgirl Alice Stavert-Dobson has real hope and heart.

The six-year-old, from Stocksbridge, scooped top prize in a competition to name the two birds on the logo of a campaign aimed at saving Britain’s endangered turtle doves.

Alice named the two birds on the logo of the RSPB’s Operation Turtle Dove campaign Heart and Hope.

The youngster, who attends Stocksbridge Nursery Infant School, said she had special reasons for the names she chose.

She said: “I chose ‘Heart’ to represent love and ‘Hope’ because I hope turtle doves will still be here in the future.”

For winning Alice was given a chocolate heart made by luxury chocolate makers Chocally, who support the campaign.

“Me and my little sister thought it was yummy and ate it all up very quickly,” said Alice.

Turtle doves migrate to Sub-Saharan Africa for part of the year and are expected to arrive back in the UK in April.

The RSPB is worried that changes in farming could cause serious problems for the birds while they are here.

“It is distressing to learn that we have lost nearly 60 per cent of our turtle doves in the five years to 2010,” said the RSPB’s Alison Gardner.

n Visit operationturtledove.org to help the campaign.

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