Stuck for a new year’s res­o­lu­tion? Count par­tridges

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One of the world’s long­est-run­ning wildlife mon­i­tor­ing schemes needs your help in 2018! The Par­tridge Count Scheme (PCS), led by the Game & Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust (GWCT), is a project that aims to con­serve the grey par­tridge and has been in ac­tion since 1933.

The count, which cur­rently has 15 re­gional groups, col­lects in­for­ma­tion on the an­nual num­bers and breed­ing suc­cess of grey par­tridges, of­fer­ing valu­able in­sight into how well your par­tridges breed.

As part of the PCS, your hard work con­trib­utes to a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how par­tridges are far­ing na­tion­ally. Un­der­go­ing a steep de­cline since the 1960s, grey par­tridge pop­u­la­tions have been af­fected by wet sum­mers, low chick sur­vival and low win­ter sur­vival rates. How­ever, farm­ers, land man­agers and game­keep­ers can help by pro­vid­ing the right habi­tats, food sources and cover to min­imise loss to pre­da­tion. PCS sites show a slow in­crease in abun­dance of grey par­tridge since 2001. GWCT sci­en­tist, Neville King­don is urg­ing farm­ers, game­keep­ers and land man­agers to take part in the up­com­ing spring count. “This is the time when we need you to log de­tails of the num­bers you have on your land,” said Neville. “Man­age­ment for grey par­tridges has ad­di­tional ben­e­fits, with in­creases in arable flora, farm­land birds and other wildlife all pos­si­ble.”

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