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  • Grey partridge

    The grey partridge is the only one of the common gamebird species whose bag index since 1961 is consistently less than 1.  Indeed, it reached an all-time low of 0.11 in 2007, indicating that bags had dropped by almost 90% since 1961.  This is the species that is least suitable for mass rearing, a...

  • Red-legged partridge

    The releasing of red-legged partridges was uncommon practice in 1961: only 19% of shoots in the NGC that reported bags of redlegs in that year also released them, and numbers released were tiny.  Since then, there has been an almost exponential increase in the NGC releasing index, with some sign ...

  • Grey partridge

    Perdix perdix The grey partridge was originally a bird of temperate steppe grasslands. It has adapted readily to open arable landscapes and, accordingly, vastly expanded its range as agricultural development spread westwards across Europe over the last eight millennia. After the last Ice Age, the...

  • Video: The Return of the Grey Partridge

    The British Falconers Club produced a video on our work in conserving and reintroducing the grey partridge to the British countryside, featuring some of our researchers and advisors on what land managers can do to help the birds thrive.

  • Red-legged partridge

    Alectoris rufa The red-legged partridge (redleg) is not native to Britain, but was successfully introduced to East Anglia in about 1770, using stock from France. Although becoming well established by the end of the century, its spread across Britain was slow and its current distribution was not r...

  • Case study: Grey partridge recovery

    Exploring the decline The grey partridge is a key species of interest to the GWCT. Our study of this much-loved gamebird – otherwise known as the English partridge – has unlocked many of the mysteries surrounding the declines of all our farmland birds since the Second World War. Often described a...

  • Partridge Count Scheme

    What is the Partridge Count Scheme? The PCS is a free and voluntary scheme run by the GWCT since 1933 to collect information on the annual abundance and breeding success of grey partridges. In 1998 the GWCT was nominated Lead Partner for the Grey Partridge Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) by the UK...

  • Conservation targets: Partridge Count Scheme

    The grey partridge was in the first group of species to be given priority under the government’s 1995 Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). The plan aimed to stabilise grey partridge numbers by 2005 and ensure that the breeding population was above 90,000 pairs by 2010. Sadly, despite changes in agricu...

  • Scottish Grey Partridge Project

    Five years of demonstrating grey partridge management at Whitburgh Farms, Midlothian With the generous support of the owner Alastair Salvesen, the GWCT has been working with the team at Whitburgh Farms for five years to try to demonstrate to key policy makers in Scotland how best to manage lowlan...

  • Grey partridge releasing experiment

    Key findings After a year, the re-sighting rate of fostered chicks was at least three times higher than that of non-fostered chicks. The proportion of birds released by fostering that subsequently bred successfully was twice as high as that of birds released using other methods. Post-release set...

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