DOODLES of doves drawn by celebrities, from wildlife artists to actors and TV presenters, will be auctioned online to help raise money to save the region’s endangered turtle doves this September.

The auctions take place alongside two exhibitions entitled Saving Turtle Doves, which opened at Low Dalby Courtyard in Dalby Forest and at the Inspired by… gallery in The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, yesterday (5th).

Works by some of the UK’s most renowned artists and photographers are on display, 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 Winkelman, 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 October 16.

Petra Young, funding and 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 concludes on Sunday, October 13.

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