Whilst initial Trust studies showed how shoots can manage the countryside in ways that benefit other wildlife, such principles are not proving enough to affect the fate or breeding success of released pheasants when the season has closed.
The critical question is whether we can encourage more released birds to breed successfully thereby increasing the wild element on our released shoots.
To find the answer, we need to know more about the factors that contribute to this poor survival rate and what we can do to improve it. We urgently need additional funds to support research into these key factors. Issues such as what combinations of nest and brood cover improve breeding success, whether and to what extent the scent of a hen makes her vulnerable to predation, and how this relentless predation really effects breeding success.
Your help is vital so please support this appeal today. Thank you.