Doga Dernegi (DD) is the BirdLife Partner Designate in Turkey. Founded in 2002, DD’s mission is to protect Turkey’s bird species, Important Bird Areas, Key Biodiversity Areas and other priority habitats, through the development of its national grassroots network.
DD achieve conservation success by undertaking local and direct action, carrying out research, running education and capacity building programmes and advocating for conservation through cooperative engagement, communications, campaigning and lobbying.
DD have been active participants in Sociable Lapwing conservation for several years, monitoring birds migrating through Turkey. In October 2007, DD staff tracking migrating Sociable Lapwings followed coordinates provided by RSPB and discovered a flock of 3200 birds – the largest ever recorded.