Project Calendar

Check out what's taking place throughout the year at our different demonstration sites.


Belgium

Isabellapolder Demonstration Site

December 2016

  • Meeting with hunters to discuss monitoring protocol for hare counts and partridge count and also discuss and develop a winter feeding and predator control plan for the demonstration site

January 2017

  • Field visits with hunting groups, GWCT offered management advice on winter feeding and predator control

February 2017

  • Improved predator control in place
  • Extra feeders now in place
  • Game species being monitored with the help of hunters

March 2017

  • Farmer meeting, Wednesday 01/03 at Assenede (19h30 at Café De Gouden Appel; Boekhoutedorp 16, 9961 Assenede)

April 2017l

  • Farmland bird surveys start
  • Establishment of first PARTRIDGE wild flower mixes

May 2017

  • Demo site visit between local partners and GWCT (11 May)

August 2017

  • Farm walk for stakeholders and national policy makers, including a visit from Flemish minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture

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September 2017

  • Convincing farmers to establish new göttinger plots
  • Skype meeting monthly progress
  • Partridge autumn count

October 2017

  • Farmer excursion to beetle banks in Brabant demo area in Netherlands (12 October)
  • Meeting with the regional Water board’ (20 October)
  • Local stakeholder meeting (26 October)
  • Skype meeting monthly progress
  • Start of winter feeding plan by local hunters
  • Presentation of the PARTRIDGE project on the poster session of Flemish-Dutch Farmlandbird symposium in Leuven

November 2017

  • Skype meeting monthly progress
  • Meeting Flemish partners
  • Full partner meeting in Loddington
  • Farmer excursion to the GWCT Allerton Project and Hope Farm
  • Managing the winter feeding by local hunters
  • Construction of the first beetle banks

May 2018

  • Sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks

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August 2018

  • Public Farm Walk and presentation of PARTRIDGE info panel
  • Construction and sowing of two beetle banks

September 2018

  • Farm Walk with local stakeholder group
  • Farm Walk with local environmental council

November 2018

  • Farmer cluster meeting
  • Full partner meeting Belgium

Ramskapelle Demonstration Site

December 2016

  • Meeting with hunters to discuss monitoring protocol for hare counts and partridge count and also discuss and develop a winter feeding and predator control plan for the demonstration site

January 2017

  • Field visits with hunting groups, GWCT offered management advice on winter feeding and predator control

February 2017

  • Locations identified for planting winter cover crops
  • Extra feeders now purchased
  • Alternative seed mixes being trialled
  • Improved predator control in place

March 2017

  • Farmer meeting, Thursday 02/03 at Ramskapelle (19h30 at De Lanterfanter; Ramskapellestraat 66, 8620 Ramskapelle)

April 2017

  • Farmland bird surveys start
  • Establishment of first PARTRIDGE wild flower mixes

May 2017

  • Demo site visit between local partners and GWCT (12 May)

August 2017

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September 2017

  • Farm walk for farmer cluster group and BBQ
  • First plots of ‘Partridge Autumn Seed Mix’
  • Contracting participating farmers
  • Partridge counts

October 2017

  • 12th October: Farmer excursion to beetle banks in Brabant demoarea (Netherlands)
  • Employment of camera traps in the demoarea
  • Poster presentation at the farmland bird symposium

November 2017

  • International partner meeting at the GWCT Allerton Project
  • Farmer excursion to the GWCT Allerton Project and Hope Farm
  • Planning the creation of first beetle bank
  • Deployment of 50 feeders
  • Flemish partner meeting

April 2018

  • Sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks
  • Planting of new PARTRIDGE bushes
  • Construction and sowing of beetle bank

June 2018

  • Farmer cluster group
  • Farm walk with French organisation of ornithologists and policy makers

August 2018

  • Farm walk for general public + presentation of PARTRIDGE info panel

September 2018

  • Local stakeholder group meeting

Germany

Diemarden Demonstration Site

January 2017

  • Meeting with Andreas Kinser, co-financing “Deutsche Wildtierstiftung” to discuss details of the PARTRIDGE Project
  • Hare transect counts with local hunters and university staff
  • Meeting with local farmers and hunters to introduce PARTRIDGE project

February 2017

  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare transect counts with hunters and university staff

March 2017

  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare transect counts with hunters and university staff
  • Field trip to project area with Francis Buner, Head of PARTRIDGE (GWCT)

April 2017

  • Meeting with the lower nature conservation authority to discuss measures of PARTRIDGE

May 2017

  • Start of breeding bird surveys
  • Meeting with farmers in Diemarden to discuss conditions of flower blocks

June 2017

  • Partnership demo site visit
  • Partnership meeting in Göttingen
  • Breeding bird surveys
  • Meeting with several local farmers to discuss measures of the PARTRIDGE project
  • Recruitment of project site manager for Germany
  • Partnership visit to Arundel demonstration site
  • Partnership visit to Rotherfield demonstration site

July 2017

  • New seed mixture (for sowing in autumn) composed and ordered
  • Meeting with local nature conservation association to discuss possible synergies
  • Habitat mapping finished
  • Breeding bird surveys finished
  • Meeting with several farmers to negotiate flower blocks
  • New seed mixture (for sowing in autumn) composed and ordered

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August 2017

  • First contracts with farmers for flower blocks concluded

September 2017

  • First four flower blocks with new perennial seed mixture installed
  • Monitoring of partridge clutches (breeding success)
  • All contracts for the Diemarden demonstration site concluded

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October 2017

  • Field walk with students
  • Preparations for winter feeding with local hunters
  • Presentation at the Flemish-Dutch Farmlandbird symposium in Leuven by E. Gottschalk “How to save the partridge”

November 2017

  • Project team meeting in Loddington, United Kingdom
  • Preparations for winter feeding with local hunters
  • Preparations for hare count and habitat mapping
  • Flower block in Diemarden turned out to be good – even before sowing!

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December 2017

  • Preparations for winter feeding with local hunters
  • Preparations for hare count and habitat mapping
  • Presentation about declining of farmland birds and introduction of PARTRIDGE at political event of the green party in Göttingen, by Eckhard Gottschalk

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January 2018

  • Hare count
  • Winter partridge count by playback
  • Feeders for additional winter food with the support of local hunters installed
  • Conducting of habitat mapping

February 2018

  • Hare count completed
  • Winter partridge count with volunteers by playback method
  • Conducting of habitat mapping

March 2018

  • Winter partridge count with volunteers by playback method completed
  • Habitat mapping completed

April 2018

  • Sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks
  • Breeding bird monitoring started
  • Fieldwalk to discuss measures planned by the city and by the PARTRIGE Project

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Nesselröden Demonstration Site

January 2017

  • Hare counts

February 2017

  • Meeting with local famers and hunters to introduce the PARTRIDGE Project
  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare counts with volunteers and university staff

March 2017

  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare counts with volunteers and University staff

April 2017

  • First two flower blocks established by local farmer

May 2017

  • Start of breeding bird surveys

June 2017

  • Breeding bird surveys

July 2017

  • Habitat mapping finished
  • Breeding bird surveys finished

August 2017

  • First contracts with farmers for flower blocks concluded
  • Flower blocks from spring 2017 turned out to be successful

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September 2017

  • Negotiations with farmers continue

October 2017

  • Preparations for winter feeding with local hunters
  • Ongoing negotiations with farmers

November 2017

  • Project team meeting in Loddington, United Kingdom
  • Ongoing negotiations with farmers

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  • Preparations for winter feeding with local hunters
  • Preparations for hare count and habitat mapping

December 2017

  • Preparations for winter feeding with local hunters
  • Preparations for hare count and habitat mapping
  • Field walk with local hunters and farmers in Nesselröden

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January 2018

  • Hare count
  • Winter partridge count by playback
  • Feeders for additional winter food with the support of local hunters installed
  • Conducting of habitat mapping

February 2018

  • Hare count completed
  • Winter partridge count with volunteers by playback method
  • Conducting of habitat mapping

March 2018

  • Winter partridge count with volunteers by playback method completed
  • Habitat mapping completed

April 2018

  • Sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks
  • Breeding bird monitoring started

 

Netherlands

Burgh-Sluis Demonstration Site

February 2017

  • Meeting with the regional Water Board
  • Visit to participating farmers
  • Hare counts
  • Winter bird counts
  • Meeting with local farmers and villagers including project presentation

April 2017

May 2017

  • Project excursion with farmers and villagers
  • Farmland bird excursion
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • Presentation and discussion with farmers collective Zeeland about following Burgh-Sluis example
  • Contracting farmers in the two demo-areas for PARTRIDGE on the measures they will realize

June 2017

  • Project excursion with farmers and villagers
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • Official 'kick-off' of the Dutch part of the PARTRIDGE project, with two field meetings in the two project regions for local and regional stakeholders, plus field excursion
  • Public meeting for all households in the demo area
  • Excursion in Demo area for farmers collective Goes
  • Excursion in Demo area for 'Statenfractie Groen Links Zeeland'
  • Excursion in Demo area for the Rotary club 'Lions Goes'
  • Farm walk for Coordinators farmland birds conservation
  • Farm walk for Farmers Collective Goes
  • Order of 1000 Partridge pins, to be distributed among the Dutch volunteers, farmers and other stakeholders in the project
  • Monitoring insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)

July 2017

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Meeting with members of the Waterboard, about vegetation management
  • Habitat and vegetation mapping of summer situation

August 2017

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Visit of project leader to demo area to discuss management of newly established beetle banks with two local farmers and local project managers

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September 2017

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Visit to project area by all employees and board of St. Landschapsbeheer Zeeland
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
  • Farm walk for general public and residents
  • Meeting with Water Board on habitat management (dykes and shrubs)

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October 2017

November 2017

  • Volunteers assist in habitat management (e.g. trimming of hedges) in PARTRIDGE demo areas during national nature management day
  • Project team meeting in Loddington, United Kingdom
  • First Progress Report & Financial Report uploaded to Intereg
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
  • Partnership farm walk at Loddington demo site
  • International Farmers Cluster Visit to Hope Farm (RSPB)
  • Discussing additional habitat measurements and additional contracting for 2018 with participating farmers in demo areas
  • Farm walk and presentation for Natuurmonumenten (7 pers)
  • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins

December 2017

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Province of Nrd Brabant Symposium Biodiversity
  • Poster presentation of the PARTRIDGE project
  • Excursion and discussion for Scientific Advisory Committy HZL
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
  • Discussion 'how further after PARTRIDGE' with province of Zeeland

January 2018

  • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
  • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Farmer cluster meeting
  • Meeting for all participants and residents in the demo area
  • Hunters evening

February 2018

  • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
  • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Planting shrubs with local school

March 2018

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

Oude Doorn Demonstration Site

January 2017

  • New winter feeders installed in line with GWCT winter feeding guidelines. First grey partridges recorded using camera traps on 3.1.2017 (shown below):

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February 2017

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Hare count volunteers

  • Meeting with local farmers to discuss habitat improvements
  • Meeting with local farmers and volunteers to discuss PARTRIDGE project
  • Additional winter cover for grey partridges installed using recycled Christmas trees (shown below):

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April 2017

  • Meeting with local wildlife protection charity to discuss PARTRIDGE project
  • Farmland bird surveys started
  • Establishment of first Dutch beetle banks
  • Establishment of first PARTRIDGE wild flower mixes 
  • Visit of Mr Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  • Contracts with farmers in the two demo-areas for PARTRIDGE on the measures they will realize
  • Meeting for volunteers and residents discussing PARTRIDGE progress
  • Start of student research, sampling of insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes
  • Letter to residents in the Brabant region on insect sampling activities
  • GIS-mapping of February conditions at the demo site and reference site
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)

May 2017

June 2017

  • Field walk for colleages from Brabants Landschap
  • Presentation about PARTRIDGE project and visit to demonstartion site with the Member Council and Supervisory Board of Birdlife Netherlands
  • Monitoring of insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • Official 'kick-off' of the Dutch part of the PARTRIDGE project, with two field meetings in the two project regions for local and regional stakeholders, plus field excursion
  • Farm walk for colleagues from Brabants Landschap
  • Presentation of PARTRIDGE project for and visit to demonstration site with the Member Council and Supervisory Board of Birdlife Netherlands
  • Presentation of PARTRIDGE project in VBN for Team Conservation
  • Order of 1000 Partridge pins, to be distributed among the Dutch volunteers, farmers and other stakeholders in the project
  • Monitoring insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • "Thank you-breakfast" in the field for volunteers bird monitoring

July 2017

  • Monitoring of insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Farm walk for general public
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Meeting with members of the Waterboard, about vegetation management
  • Habitat and vegetation mapping of summer situation
  • Monitoring of patridge clutches (breeding success)
  • Contracting farmers for habitat improvement (mainly flower blocks)

August 2017

  • Visit of Dutch delegation to Belgian farm walk in Isabellapolder
  • Monitoring insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring of partridge clutches (breeding success)
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

September 2017

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Monitoring of partridge clutches (breeding success)
  • Farm walk for students of HAS Den Bosch (10 pers)

October 2017

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
  • Farm walk for Village Board of Almkerk (55 pers)
  • Visit and excursion to beetle banks with Flemisch farmers (20 pers.)
  • Dutch participants in Symposium on farmland birds, Leuven, Belgium
  • Dutch project meeting on reporting in OMS (6 pers)
  • News item on beetle banks on website of TV canal 'Vroege Vogels" (in Dutch)
  • Preparation of monitoring mammals and of winter feeding bins

November 2017

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  • Volunteers assist in habitat management (e.g. trimming of hedges) in PARTRIDGE demo areas during national nature management day
  • Project team meeting in Loddington, United Kingdom
  • First Progress Report & Financial Report uploaded to Intereg
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
  • Article in newspaper on the planting of hedges (in Dutch)
  • Article in newspaper on hedges as habitat for partridges (Brabants Dagblad, in Dutch)
  • Information meeting for volunteers for monitoring of mammals and winterfeeding in Partridge demo area
  • Article in newspaper on the planting of hedges (in Dutch)
  • Volonteers assist in habitat management (e.g. trimming of hedges) in PARTRIDGE demo areas during national nature management day
  • Partnership farm walk at Loddington demo site
  • International Farmers Cluster Visit to Hope Farm (RSPB)
  • Discussing additional habitat measurements and additional contracting for 2018 with participating farmers in demo areas
  • Farm walk and presentation for Natuurmonumenten (7 pers)
  • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins

December 2017

January 2018

  • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
  • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

February 2018

  • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
  • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

March 2018

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Workshop at national meeting for collectives
  • Farmwalk with hunters, farmers and policymakers from Province of Limburg

April 2018

  • 2nd year of breeding bird monitoring started
  • 2nd year of insect monitoring started
  • Earthworm sampling

May 2018

  • Re-sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks
  • Farm walk with local hunters organisation
  • Farm walk with Agrofood Brabant
  • Fieldtrip with co-ordinators of farmland bird volunteer groups
  • Meeting about predation

June 2018

  • Farm walk with national expert group on agricultural landscapes
  • resentation about PARTRIDGE at Boerenland Vogel Festival
  • Farm walk with local hunters group

UK

The Allerton Project

February 2017

• Discussions with farmers in the comparison site
• Project meeting with staff
• Planning habitat creation and management
• Preparing for hare and grey partridge counts
• Hare counts

March 2017

• Hare counts
• Grey partridge counts
• Planning habitat creation and management

April 2017

• Preparing for songbird count
• Farmland bird surveys start
• Habitat creation and management

June 2017

November 2017

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February 2018

• Planning habitat creation and management
• Preparing for hare and grey partridge counts
• Hare counts

March 2018

• Hare counts
• Grey partridge counts
• Habitat creation (hedge laying) and management

April 2018

• Game counts
• Habitat creation and management (topping for next establishment)

Balgonie Demonstration Site

February 2017

  • Start counting grey partridge using 'playback method'

March 2017

  • Start of ‘traditional’ grey partridge counting
  • Catching and radio-tagging grey partridge
  • New plantings of hedges
  • PARTRIDGE project introduced to Biodiversity and Sustainability in World Agriculture students
  • 20 feeding hoppers deployed

Inside feeding hopper

April 2017

  • Complete grey partridge counts
  • Balgonie Trust board meeting with PARTRIDGE update provided
  • Farm meeting to discuss management plan implementation
  • Meeting with Jenny Johnson of Scottish Natural Heritage to discuss PARTRIDGE project
  • Songbird surveys start
  • Farmland bird surveys start

May 2017

July 2017

August 2017

  • Farm management meeting - Dave Parish & Fiona Torrance will attend an open day hosted by Scottish Agronomy, who run crop trials at Balgonie Estate, to publicise the PARTRIDGE project. Attended by cereal growers from across Scotland.
  • Habitat mapping (and at reference site) continued

September 2017

  • Habitat mapping continues
  • The first GP brood counts take place: after a less than ideal summer, we have our fingers crossed!
  • GWCT staff visit the site for a project update

October 2017

  • Meetings with the farm team were held to discuss the new plots of cover crop to be introduced in 2018
  • We held two farm walks at Balgonie to introduce the PARTRIDGE project to farmers and members of the public

November 2017

January 2018

  • Hare surveys for 2018 began

February 2018

  • We held meetings with the farm team to discuss habitat plans for 2018, plus open days in the summer
  • Partridge playback surveys for 2018 commenced

March 2018

  • We began marking out plots at Balgonie where the new cover crops would go later in the spring

April 2018

Rotherfield Demonstration Site

February 2017

  • Hare and grey partridge transect counts with volunteers and GWCT staff
  • Winter bird count
  • Hedgerow and pond management (by Rotherfield farms and South Downs National Park volunteers), one week

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  • Permanent lapwing plot prepared for approaching breeding season (farm staff)
  • Meeting with Harold Makant, Natural England to discuss PARTRIDGE project at Rotherfield
  • Meeting with Rotherfield estate manager to discuss grey partridge habitat management for 2017
  • Meeting with Debbie Miller (FWAG) and Rob Nicholls (South Downs National Park) on how to proceed with new agri-environment application for 200ha of the 500ha demo site (300 ha already in Higher Level Scheme)

Team at Rotherfield

The South Downs National Park volunteers after clearing shrub around overgrown pond

March 2017

  • Grey partridge transect counts
  • One third of existing wild bird seed strips and plots managed (based on rotational management plan)
  • Plots for new PARTRIDGE wild bird seed mixes prepared
  • Grey partridge high quality winter habitat mapped

April 2017

  • Grey partridge spring pair counts
  • Field visit of Scottish demonstration site farmers and owners together with Loddington demo site team to Rotherfield
  • Start of songbird breeding counts
  • Farmland bird surveys start
  • New Partridge habitat establishment for 2017 season discussed with Rotherfield farms and Oakbank (seed supplier and advisor)

May 2017

June 2017

  • PARTRIDGE partnership visit to Arundel Grey partridge conservation project, Sussex

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  • PARTRIDGE partnership demo site visit
  • LTO Netherland farm visit
  • NFU/EHDC farm walk

July 2017

  • Cropping plan for 2018 discussed and agreed with Rotherfield farm management
  • Habitat surveys
  • Farm walk for Danish students from the Wildlife Management School of the Danish Hunters Association, co-organised by Sparsholt College, England
  • Open day hosted by Oakbank Game & Conservation
  • Farm walk for students and lecturers of Danish Hunters Association School of Wildlife Management

August 2017

  • Farm walk for US gamebird researchers (Tall Timbers Research Station and University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources)

September 2017

October 2017

  • Farmer cluster meeting

  • Hedgerow management (1 km)

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November 2017

  • Farm walk for staff of Natural England
  • GWCT staff annual research day at Rotherfield

January 2018

  • Hare counts started

February 2018

April 2018

  • Gamebird spring pair counts
  • Breeding songbird monitoring started
  • Start of in-depth stakeholder interviews

May 2018

  • Partnership meeting in Scotland 2-4 May
  • Breeding songbird monitoring continued
  • New PARTRIDGE flower mixes planted

June 2018

  • Breeding songbird monitoring continued
  • PARTRIDGE partner field excursion to Switzerland 7-8 June (Info exchange seminar at Swiss Ornithological Institute and demo site visit in the Klettgau, Schaffhausen)

July 2018

Whitburgh Demonstration Site

February 2017

  • Start counting grey partridge using 'playback method'

March 2017

  • Start of ‘traditional’ grey partridge counting
  • Catching and radio-tagging grey partridge
  • Grey partridge 'playback' counting completed

April 2017

  • Farm meeting to discuss management plan implementation
  • Farmland bird surveys start

May 2017

June 2017

  • Breeding bird surveys continued this month

July 2017

  • Meeting with Farm team to discuss management plans
  • Breeding bird surveys will finish on schedule this month
  • Habitat mapping across the site will continue

August 2017

  • Much of August was spent trying to improve plans for habitat implementation in 2018 to ensure the site reaches its 7% of GP habitats.
  • Habitat mapping (here and at the reference site) continued.

September 2017

  • Visit from Scottish Government advisor, Prof Russel Griggs
  • Habitat mapping has continued
  • The first GP brood counts got underway (and at the reference site). There have been concerns about productivity as the weather has not been ideal, so this will be very important

October 2017

  • Meetings were held with the management team at Whitburgh to discuss the increase in cover crop for 2018
  • For the first time in many years, a day’s shooting of wild Grey Partridge took place

February 2018

May 2018

  • PARTRIDGE partner visit to Whitburgh