Project Calendar

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


Belgium

Isabellapolder Demonstration Site

December

  • 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

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

February

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

March

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

April

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

May

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

Ramskapelle Demonstration Site

December

  • 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

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

February

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

March

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

April

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

May

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

Germany

Coming soon

Netherlands

Burgh-Sluis Demonstration Site

February

  • 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

May

  • 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

  • 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'

Oude Doorn Demonstration Site

January

  • 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

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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

  • 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

June

  • 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

July

  • Monitoring of insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)

UK

The Allerton Project

February

• 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

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

April

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

June

Balgonie Demonstration Site

February

  • Start counting grey partridge using 'playback method'

March

  • 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

  • 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

Rotherfield Demonstration Site

February

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Whitburgh Demonstration Site

February

  • Start counting grey partridge using 'playback method'

March

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

April

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

May