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Kings sponsors GWCT course in bid to boost partridge numbers

grey-part-snowFollowing a massive decline in numbers over the past 40 years, grey partridges are in need of a great deal of support. As part of efforts to increase the population, experts at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust have organised a training course which will be sponsored by Kings.

With decades of research into the species at their fingertips, the GWCT course, to be held in March, will enable grey partridge enthusiasts in Scotland to re-introduce this iconic species to the arable and hill fringe landscapes.

Led by the GWCT’s grey partridge experts and Perdix Wildlife Supplies Ltd, unique advice will be given based on practical experience and science at two venues in Midlothian and Inverness-shire. Kindly sponsored by Kings and Elanco, the days will involve inspiring talks and practical demonstrations on habitat creation and management, predator control and re-introduction techniques.

The GWCT continues to research and develop solutions to kick-start recovery and this training is based on a three-year research study initiated by the Trust, which investigated the most effective methods of re-establishing a partridge population through releasing and culminated in comprehensive guidelines for practitioners.

Course leader Hugo Straker, said: “The need to re-establish new populations is crucial if we are to save this bird, particularly as there are now huge tracts of our countryside that no longer hold grey partridges. We hope that our comprehensive guidelines and this training will show the art of the possible.”

Re-establishing a wild population where they are no longer present certainly poses a challenge. Hugo continues: “Once the right habitats have been created and feeding and predator control are being maintained, we feel confident that many people will be able to have wild partridges on their land again. This would be a fantastic achievement for future generations.”

The training day involves a combination of presentations and practical sessions. This in-depth course is designed to help clarify and guide people through some of the pitfalls and will offer lots of tips and encouragement to help ensure a positive and successful outcome.

“This course is relevant to everyone interested in grey partridge conservation, from farmers or conservation groups looking to re-establish a small but viable resident population on their land to game managers whose ultimate goal is to achieve a sustainable wild grey partridge shoot.” said Hugo.

For further information and to book a place on the course, please click here.

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