Learn about the many threats facing these iridescent birds
Despite being a common sight across fields, hedgerows and woodlands throughout the UK, pheasants are among the most endangered group of birds in the world. Introduced by the Romans, they are now widespread in the UK, but many species found overseas are endangered, with some even on the brink of extinction.
One of the largest public collections of rare-breed pheasants in the world is found in the UK at Sudeley
Castle in the Cotswolds, surrounded by thousands of acres of beautiful countryside. The castle pheasantry is home to 16 species, many of which have been successfully bred by resident gamekeeper and bird curator John Sherlock.
One species in particular, the Edwards’ pheasant, has bred particularly well there, providing a real boost for the captive population of a creature that tops the pecking order when it comes to endangered birds.
Here we look at some of the bold, beautiful and rare pheasant species that can be seen at the Gloucestershire attraction and the threats facing some of their wild counterparts around the globe.