Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 35.2 (2012) Pages: 381-386

Restoration of a sustainable wild grey partridge shoot in eastern England

Draycott, R. A. H.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0381

Abstract

Eastern England has been a stronghold for grey partridges Perdix perdix, but in common with the rest of Britain, numbers declined from the 1950s onwards. Partridges within a 40 km2 study area in the county of Norfolk have been monitored in conjunction with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) since the 1950s. Since 2001 a programme of habitat creation, supplementary feeding and predation control was undertaken by the landowner, farmers and gamekeepers to restore partridges. Numbers increased from 4.7 pairs/km2 in March 2001 to 54 pairs/km2 in March 2011. These densities are comparable with those before the national decline in grey partridge stock. In the last three winters, between 13 and 74 birds/km2 were harvested and spring stocks continue to increase.

Keywords

Grey partridge, Habitat creation, Supplementary feeding, Predation control, Shoot

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Draycott, R. A. H., 2012. Restoration of a sustainable wild grey partridge shoot in eastern England. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 35: 381-386, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0381

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Reception date:

19/12/2011

Acceptation date:

25/05/2012

Publication date:

06/11/2012

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