Project Calendar

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

Belgium

Isabellapolder Demonstration Site

2021

September 2021

              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Farm walk for broad public

July 2021

              • Field visit with Flemish partners and PARTRIDGE farmers to evaluate each AES
              • Release of YouTube video about the demonstration site

June 2021

              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Management of flower blocks and the other (experimental) AES

May 2021

              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Management of flower blocks and the other (experimental) AES

April 2021

              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Management of flower blocks and the other (experimental) AES

March 2021

              • Delivering seed mix and advice towards the PARTRIDGE farmers
              • Management of flower blocks
              • Grey partridge monitoring using playback counts
              • Grey partridge territory mapping
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Meeting with Flemish partners
              • Virtual farmwalk

February 2021

              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Evaluating PARTRIDGE flower block seed mix and ordering spring seed mix for 2021
              • Grey partridge monitoring using playback counts
              • Hare monitoring by lamping along fixed transects
              • Grey partridge territory mapping
              • Digital farmer cluster meeting

January 2021

              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Online monitoring information session
              • Writing management plan 2021 for different habitat measures at the demosite
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Hare monitoring by lamping along fixed transects
              • Early start grey partridge monitoring using playback counts

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2020

 December 2020

              • Transnational online partner meeting and virtual farmwalk
              • Winter feeding by local hunters

November 2020

              • Two field visit with Flemish partners to evaluate each individual flower block + taking drone photos of the experimental measures

October 2020

              • Meeting with Flemish partners

September 2020

              • Management of the autumn sown flower blocks
              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Partridge covey monitoring
              • Field visit + taking drone photos of the AES

 

Lapwing plot in Isabellpolder demo site

Lapwing plot on Isabellpolder demo site.

August 2020

              • Meeting Flemish partners
              • Partridge covey monitoring

July 2020

              • Field visit with Flemish partners to evaluate each individual flower block and the other experimental measures.
              • Launch of the Flemish PARTRIDGE booklet

May 2020

              • Full partner meeting demo site visit
              • Resowing PARTRIDGE flower block
              • Establishment of lapwing plot and new beetble bank

April 2020

              •  Meeting Flemish partners

March 2020

              • Farmer cluster meeting with seed mix delivery
              • Partridge and hare spring counts

February 2020

              • Field visit for innovative measures
              • Partridge and hare spring counts

January 2020

              • Start of new AES contracts 

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2019

 December 2019

              • Winter bird monitoring
              • Agreements for new innovative measures

November 2019

              • Field visit with farmers
              • Flemish partner meeting
              • Full partner meeting Göttingen
              • Winter bird monitoring

October 2019

              • Field visit with farmers
              • Lunch talk @ national farmers union

September 2019

              • Partridge Counts
              • Local stakeholder group meeting
              • Farm walks

August 2019

              • Partridge counts

July 2019

              • GWCT insect sampling

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June 2019

              • Meeting hunters and volunteers & presentation of monitoring results

May 2019

              • Resowing half of the flower blocks
              • Sowing of beetle banks
              • Renewing AES contracts Flemish government

March 2019

              • Farmer Cluster Meeting 

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2018

 

November 2018

              • Farmer cluster meeting
              • Full partner meeting Belgium

September 2018

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

August 2018

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

May 2018

              • Sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks

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2017

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

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

 September 2017

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

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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May 2017

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

April 2017

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

March 2017

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

February 2017

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

January 2017

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

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2016

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

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Ramskapelle Demonstration Site 

2021

July 2021

              • Grey partridge telemetry study
              • PARTRIDGE summer expo in Ramskapelle
              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners

June 2021

              • Grey partridge telemetry study
              • Premiere of the PARTRIDGE film - "demosite Ramskapelle"
              • Start of PARTRIDGE summer expo in Ramskapelle
              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Monthly online meeting with Flemish partners

May 2021

              • Grey partridge telemetry study
              • Flower block management (seed bed preparation/sowing)
              • Monitoring breeding birds
              • 11th PARTRIDGE parnership (online) meeting
              • Monthly online meeting with Flemish partners
              • Writing progress report

April 2021

              • Grey partridge telemetry study
              • Online farmer cluster group meeting
              • Virtual farm walk
              • Flower block management (seed bed preparation/sowing)
              • Filming at the demo site and interviewing farmers for PARTRIDGE film
              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Monthly online meeting with Flemish partners
              • Inspection of vegetation development in the flower blocks

March 2021

              • Delivering seed mix

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Seed mix delivery

              • Providing individual advice to PARTRIDGE farmers and discussing flower block management
              • Flower block management (seed bed preparation)
              • Ending monitoring study of winter feeders with trail cameras
              • Monitoring beetle bank: incubation of soil samples
              • Grey partridge monitoring using playback counts
              • Grey partridge territory mapping
              • Start of the grey partridge telemetry study
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Filming at the demo site and interviewing farmers for PARTRIDGE film
              • Inspection of vegetation development in the flower blocks
              • Monthly online meeting with EU partners
              • Monthly online meeting with Flemish partner

February 2021

              • Monitoring study on winter feeders with trail cameras
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Evaluating PARTRIDGE flower block seed mix and ordering spring seed mix for 2021

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Farmer interview

              • Grey partridge monitoring using playback counts
              • Hare monitoring by lamping along fixed transects
              • Grey partridge territory mapping

January 2021

              • Field visit with project partners to evaluate each individual flower block

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Flower block in January

              • Skype project meeting
              • Online monitoring information session
              • Monitoring study on winter feeders with trail cams
              • Interviewing farmers at the demosite and filming habitat measures for project video
              • Writing management plan 2021 for different habitat measures at the demosite
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Hare monitoring by lamping along fixed transects
              • Early start grey partridge monitoring using playback counts
              • Online hunter cluster group meeting

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2020

 December 2020

              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Monitoring study on winter feeders with trail cameras
              • Skype project meeting
              • Inagro newsletter article on the impact of PARTRIDGE flower blocks on soil biodiversity (earth worms)

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Beetle bank in December

November 2020

              • Transnational online partner meeting

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Winter feeder monitoring

October 2020

              • Monitoring of earth worms and soil conditions at several PARTRIDGE flower blocks

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Earth worm sampling

September 2020

              • Ending of the PARTRIDGE exposition
              • Management of the autumn sown flower blocks
              • Public farm walk targeting nature conservationists, farmers and hunters
              • Partridge covey monitoring

August 2020

              • PARTRIDGE exposition
              • Insect monitoring beetle bank
              • Partridge covey monitoring

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Flower block

July 2020

              • PARTRIDGE exposition

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Flower block on Ramskapelle demostration site

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Teasel attracting a bumble bee

June 2020

              • Start of PARTRIDGE exposition (open until September 2020)
              • Public farmwalk
              • Skype project meeting with partners, monthly progress reports
              • Insect monitoring beetle bank
              • Inagro newsletter on beetle banks

May 2020

              • International partner meeting in Ghent, Belgium
              • Managing of the measures (mowing and resowing)
              • Skype project meeting with partners, monthly progress reports
              • Farm walk with students agriculture

April 2020

              • Farmwalk with stakeholder cluster group
              • Managing of the measures (mowing and resowing)
              • Skype project meeting with partners, monthly progress reports
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Partridge telemetry study  

March 2020

              • Farmer cluster group meeting: seed mix delivery + discussing upcoming management of measures
              • Managing of the measures (mowing and resowing)
              • Monitoring of winter feeders with trail cams
              • Inagro newsletter on management of the PARTRIDGE measures
              • Skype project meeting with partners, monthly progress reports
              • Insect monitoring beetle bank
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Partridge monitoring using playback counts
              • Partridge territory mapping
              • Partridge telemetry study

February 2020

              • Ordering seed mixes for resowing of the flower blocks
              • Monitoring of winter feeders with trail cams
              • Skype project meeting with partners, monthly progress reports
              • Farmwalk with local hunters – evaluation terrain measures and future management possibilities
              • Public farm walk for general public
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Hare monitoring by lamping along fixed transects
              • Partridge monitoring using playback counts
              • Partridge territory mapping

January 2020

              • In-field evaluation of the PARTRIDGE measures
              • Monitoring of winter feeders with trail cams
              • Skype project meeting with partners, monthly progress reports
              • Internal meeting with Flemish partners on species composition of the flower blocks
              • Winter feeding by local hunters
              • Feedback meeting with local hunters
              • Hare monitoring by lamping along fixed transects

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2018

September 2018

              • Local stakeholder group meeting

August 2018

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

June 2018

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

April 2018

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

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2017

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

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

 

September 2017

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

August 2017

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May 2017

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

April 2017

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

March 2017

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

February 2017

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

January 2017

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

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2016

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

 

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Germany

Diemarden Demonstration Site

2021

May 2021

              • Monitoring breeding birds
              • 11th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)

April 2021

              • Monitoring breeding birds

March 2021

              • Inspection of all autumn sown plots in demo area
              • Partridge spring counts

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February 2021

              • Partridge spring counts
              • Winter habitat mapping at demo and reference sites
              • Hare count
              • High snow cover and low temperature: Creating space with the tractor for birds to land and forage, spreading wheat

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January 2021

              • Hare count
              • Talks to farmers to discuss the management of the autumn plots
              • Treatment of autumn plots in Diemarden

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2020

December 2020

              • 10th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting, including Steering committee meeting (online)
              • Writing the 7th progress report
              • Online presentation and discussion with Landcare association ‘Uckermarck-Schorfheide’
              • Preparations for hare count
              • Inspection of all autumn sown plots in Diemarden

October 2020

September 2020

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June 2020

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May 2020

              • Farm walk with students
              • Online partnership meeting in Göttingen
              • Breeding bird survey

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April 2020

              • Master thesis on bird-species richness in PARTRIDGE flower blocks started
              • Start of breeding bird survey

March 2020

              • Delivery of seed mix
              • Spring count partridge finished
              • Skype project meeting

February 2020

              • Hare count completed
              • Winter habitat mapping completed

January 2020

              • Hare count

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2019

 December 2019

              • Partridge Symposium Rottenburg am Neckar
              • Meeting with water protection board
              • Meeting with city of Göttingen to discuss partridge protection measures

 

November 2019

              • Support of the planting 1 kilometer hedge – organic farmer in project area
              • Installation of feeders – hunters Diemarden
              • Barbeque and cluster meeting with farmers and hunters of the demo site
              • PARTRIDGE Partnership meeting

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October 2019

              • Meeting with organic farmer to prepare hedge planting

September 2019

              • Meeting with city of Göttingen to discuss partridge protection measures
              • Autumn partridge count
              • Meeting with the local hunting association

July 2019

              • Participation in Workshop Socio-economic work package in Bruges
              • Fieldwalk with German Association for Landcare (DVL)

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June 2019

              • Field trip to Transylvania (Romania) – Visit to potential project partners
              • Partnership Meeting in Zeeland

May 2019

              • Visit of Minister Birgit Honé
              • Partnership Meeting in Zeeland
              • Fieldwalk with two new conservation projects
              • Fieldwalk with the Ecological hunting association
              • Breeding bird survey

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April 2019

              • Breeding bird survey
              • Installation of field signs
              • Visit of Farmland bird symposium

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March 2019

              • Partridge spring count
              • Interreg network meeting in “Braunschweig”

 

February 2019

              • Hare count with hunters and volunteers
              • Winter habitat mapping

January 2019

              • Hare count with hunters and volunteers 

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2018

 December 2018

              • Winter bird monitoring with volunteers
              • Infrared camera breeding success survey
              • Winter bird count

November 2018

              • Conduction of in depth interviews with stakeholders for socio-economic research
              • Test flight with drone and infra-red camera to count partridges
              • Winter bird monitoring

October 2018

              • Start of winter feeding by local hunters
              • Conduction of in depth interviews with stakeholders for socio-economic research

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September 2018

              • Joining the Partridge Autumn count in Sussex

 

August 2018

 

June 2018

              • Breeding bird monitoring concluded
              • PARTRIDGE partner field excursion to Switzerland 7-8 June
              • ‘Early bird’ field walk with public
              • Shooting for documentary on farmland bird loss with German television channel ‘ARD’

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May 2018

              • Sowing PARTRIDGE flower blocks
              • Partnership meeting in Scotland 2-4 May (Whitburgh)
              • Breeding bird monitoring
              • Shooting for documentary on farmland bird loss with German television channel ‘arte/ZDF’
              • Barbeque with farmers and hunters at local farm
              • Field walk with students from the University of agricultural ecology ‘Witzenhausen’

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April 2018

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

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March 2018

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

February 2018

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

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

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2017

 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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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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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”

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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August 2017

              • First contracts with farmers for flower blocks concluded

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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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

May 2017

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

April 2017

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

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)

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

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

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Nesselröden Demonstration Site

2021

May 2021

              • Monitoring breeding birds
              • 11th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)
              • Preparations for hare count

April 2021

              • Monitoring breeding birds

March 2021

              • Partridge spring counts
              • Inspection of all plots in Nesselröden

February 2021

              • Partridge spring counts
              • Winter habitat mapping at demo and reference sites
              • Hare count

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2020

December 2020

              • 10th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting, including Steering committee meeting (online)
              • Writing the 7th progress report
              • Online meeting with LPV Goettingen
              • Preparations for hare count
              • January 2021
              • Hare count
              • Online presentation for 30 ecological farming students

September 2020

              • Fieldwalk with Landcare Association ‘Uckermark Schorfheide’ and Landcare Association ‘Mittlere Oder’

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June 2020

              • Breeding bird survey

May 2020

              • Master thesis on pollinating insects started
              • Online partnership meeting
              • Breeding bird survey

April 2020

              • Start of breeding bird survey
              • Start of new flower block measure in Nesselröden

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March 2020

              • Delivery of seed mix
              • Spring count partridge finished

February 2020

              • Hare count completed
              • Winter habitat mapping completed

January 2020

              • Hare count
              • Participation on Workshop for Farmland Bird Experts

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2019

December 2019

              • Master thesis winter bird counts started
              • Exhibition stand at Interreg conference Bremen

November 2019

              • Talk on partridge symposium - Rottenburg
              • Installation of feeders – hunter Nesselröden
              • PARTRIDGE Partnership meeting

October 2019

              • Field walk with biodiversity students

September 2019

              • Autumn partridge count
              • Meeting with Farmers to inspect the PARTRIDGE flower blocks 
              • Talk on partridge conservation at the German wide hunting association day  

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July 2019

              • Filming for documentary on partridge protection

June 2019

              • Corncrake and quail playback count
              • Field trip to Transylvania (Romania) – visit to potential project partners
              • Breeding bird survey concluded

May 2019

              • Partnership Meeting in Zeeland
              • Breeding bird survey

April 2019

              • Attending small game symposium Mainz
              • Breeding bird survey
              • Installation of field signs

 March 2019

              • Partridge spring count concluded

February 2019

              • Meeting with the land tenant association to discuss hedgerow management
              • Partridge spring count
              • Winter habitat mapping
              • Hare count

January 2019

              • Hare count with volunteers
              • Winter habitat mapping
              • Partridge spring count

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2018

December 2018

              • Project visit by Péter Pál Hajas (Hungary) and Werner Kuhn (Lebensraum Feldflur)
              • Winter bird count with volunteers

November 2018

              • Conduction of in depth interviews with stakeholders for socio-economic research
              • Winter bird monitoring
              • partnership meeting in Bruges

October 2018

              • Start of winter feeding by local hunters
              • Conduction of in depth interviews with stakeholders for socio-economic research

June 2018

              • Breeding bird monitoring concluded 

May 2018

              • Sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks
              • Breeding bird monitoring continued

April 2018

              • Sowing of PARTRIDGE flower blocks
              • Breeding bird monitoring started

March 2018

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

February 2018

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

 

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

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2017

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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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

October 2017

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

September 2017

              • Negotiations with farmers continue

August 2017

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

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July 2017

              • Habitat mapping finished
              • Breeding bird surveys finished

June 2017

              • Breeding bird surveys

May 2017

              • Start of breeding bird surveys

April 2017

              • First two flower blocks established by local farmer

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

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

January 2017

              • Hare counts

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Netherlands

Burgh-Sluis Demonstration Site

2021

May 2021

              • Monitoring breeding birds
              • Monitoring pollinating insects (bees, butterflies and hoverflies) and the reproduction of the swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) in the wildflower blocks.
              • Fourth year, insect monitoring of the beetle banks and wildflower blocks
              • PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)
              • Working on the 6th progress report
              • Meeting (online) of the PARTRIDGE Steering Committee
              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting

April 2021

              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting
              • Earthworm sampling
              • Preparing seedbeds for the new wildflower blocks
              • Preparing a new insect survey with the Dutch Butterfly Association, discussing approaches and determining transects

March 2021

              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting
              • Monitoring mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
              • Partridge Spring counts (audio playback)
              • Discussing new management plans with farmers inside the demo site area

February 2021

              • Monitoring winter birds (point counts)
              • Monitoring partridge audio-playback
              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting
              • Monitoring mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
              • Data input of habitat mapping
              • Developing new management plans for farmers inside the demo site area

January 2021

              • Monitoring mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Partridge winter counts
              • Monitoring winter birds (point counts)
              • Habitat mapping of the demo and reference sites
              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting,
              • Updating the Interreg website with text and pictures
              • On-site meeting to instruct new volunteers that will assist in the PARTRIDGE monitoring in the Burgh-Sluis demo site

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Welcome and starting kit for new PARTRIDGE volunteers in Burgh-Sluis (Photo: Naomi Oostinga)

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2020

 

December 2020

              • 10th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)
              • 7Th Meeting (online) of the PARTRIDGE Steering Committee
              • Working on the 7th progress report for Interreg
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Monitoring winter birds & mammals
              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting

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Winter bird counts (Photo: Suzanne van der Straat)

 

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Winter bird counts (Photo: Jochem Sloothaak)

 

November 2020

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Monitoring of mammals and winter bird (Photo: Suzanne van der Straat)

 

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 Installing new beetle banks in the Province of Zeeland (Photo: Jimmy Pijcke)

 

              • Another article in regional newspaper to recruit farmers to engage in partridge protection: https://www.stal-en-akker.nl/artikel/373333-boeren-helpen-patrijzen-en-bijen-op-tholen/
              • 1st monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting, monitoring update
              • NSR Interreg Photo competition outcome: PARTRIDGE photo wins first prize in category “A Greener North Sea Region”
              • Winterbirds monitoring (point counts)
              • Meeting (online) with 6 new volunteers that will assist in the PARTRIDGE monitoring in the Burgh-Sluis demo site

October 2020

September 2020

              • Teams online monthly partnership meeting
              • Thematic online partnership meeting about habitat management
              • Monthly online project meeting
              • Online habitat management meeting with project partners

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Monitoring partridge coveys for brood success (Photo: Jochem Sloothaak) 

August 2020

              • Monitoring of pollinating insects (bees, butterflies and hoverflies) with lots of caterpillars of the peacock and small tortoiseshell butterfly found on the beetle banks in the demo area.
              • Evaluation of habitat measures and management of weed problems in the wildflower blocks
              • Regional partner meeting (HZL and SLZ)

July 2020

              • Habitat mapping
              • Insect monitoring of the beetle banks and wildflower blocks

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June 2020

              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • Monitoring of pollinating insects (bees, butterflies and hoverflies), encountering the red listed leaf-cutter bee  Megachile circumcincta on a beetle bank in the demo area.
              • Breeding bird monitoring
              • Teams online monthly partnership meeting
              • Habitat mapping
              • Working on the 6th progress report
              • Discussing weed problems with farmers and adjusting the management plan

May 2020

              • Breeding bird monitoring
              • 9th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)
              • Monitoring of pollinating insects (bees, butterflies and hoverflies), encountering two red listed bee species in the demo area: the sand bee Andrena labialis and the specialised cuckoo-bee species Nomada stigma.
              • 7Th Meeting (online) of the PARTRIDGE Steering Committee
              • Regional partner meeting (HZL and SLZ)
              • Habitat mapping
              • Working on the 6th progress report

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April 2020

              • Teams online monthly partnership meeting
              • Teams online Dutch partner meeting, discussing project progression
              • Breeding bird monitoring started
              • Earthworm sampling
              • Seedbed preparations for the new wildflower block
              • Setting up WhatsApp group with farmers in demo area

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March 2020

              • Teams online monthly partnership meeting
              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds

February 2020

              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Visiting farmers to discuss management flower blocks for 2020 

January 2020

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2019

December 2019

              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Visiting farmers to discuss management flower blocks for 2020

November 2019

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October 2019

              • PARTRIDGE NL Partner Meeting on progress, the project extension and working plans
              • Farm walk for agricultural organization ANV Groene Oogst
              • Farm walk for birdwatcher groups in Zeeland
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

September 2019

              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Field inspection of habitat measures quality, farm visits

August 2019

              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Field inspection of habitat measures quality, farm visits
              • Farm walk for the general public
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

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July 2019

              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Article about the PARTRIDGE project in the magazine of the Dutch Hunters Association
              • Finishing the 4th progress report for Interreg
              • Demosite Burgh-Sluis participates in a national pilot project to monitor insect densities in agricultural fields and natural habitats

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June 2019

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May 2019

              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • PARTRIDGE International Partnership Meeting in Wilhelminadorp (NL)
              • Farm walk with the National Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Regional Minister of Agriculture to the Burgh-Sluis demo site

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April 2019

              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • PARTRIDGE NL Partner Meeting on progress, the project extension and working plans
              • Farm walk and Open Farm for the general public by one of the farmers in Burgh-Sluis, with over 300 visitors
              • Skype meeting
              • Discussion on insect monitoring in the demo area

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March 2019

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

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February 2019

              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • PARTRIDGE Presentation for the Dutch provincial ecologists and policy officers
              • Preparation of plans and budgets for project extension

January 2019

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

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2018

December 2018

              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

November 2018

              • Preparing winter counts of partridges and hares
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Monitoring and winter feeding
              • PARTRIDGE Partnership Meeting, Ramskappelle (B)
              • Dutch PARTRIDGE Launch Event in Burgh-Sluis 2019-11-21
              • Heart-warming major Dutch PARTRIDGE event in a cold barn

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October 2018

September 2018

              • Farm walk for the general public
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Stakeholder interviews for socio-economic research
              • Farm walk for professional ecologists form the largest Dutch Nature Organisation

August 2018

              • Farm walk for the general public
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Stakeholder interviews for socio-economic research
              • Field inspection of habitat measures quality, farm visits
              • Farm walk 'Boeren voor Akkervogels' for the general public and residents

July 2018

              • Farm walk for the general public
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Excursion and presentatie Natuurmonumenten Jong
              • Stakeholder interviews for socio-economic research
              • Finishing the 2nd full progress report for Interreg

June 2018

              • PARTRIDGE excursion to Switzerland, visit to the Swiss Ornithological Institute
              • Farm walk for the general public
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • Excursion Soortenwerkgroep provincie Zeeland
              • Excursion Raad van Advies HZL

May 2018

              • Placement in the demo area of PARTRIDGE field signs and information panels
              • Newspaper article on PARTRIDGE demo area
              • Newsletter for inhabitants of the demo area
              • Skype meeting on earthworm monitoring protocol
              • Meeting for all participants and residents in the demo area (32 people)
              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • Presentation and excursion Zeeuwse Milieu Federatie

April 2018

March 2018

              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
              • OMS reporting meeting for Dutch partners, Giessen (6 people)
              • Presentation on PARTRIDGE for Farmers Collective Groene Oogst
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Dutch National Television item on PARTRIDGE project (> 550,000 viewers)
              • Website news item about television broadcast
              • Participation in the VLM workshop on interviewing for the socio-economic WP
              • Presentation and excursion Interreg Grenspark Groot Saeftinghe
              • Presentation Jaarvergadering VELT zeeland

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
              • Presentation on PARTRIDGE for farmers during AES meeting (80 people)
              • Video filming of PARTRIDGE projects for Dutch TV

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

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2017

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

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

October 2017

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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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

July 2017

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

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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)

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

April 2017

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

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Oude Doorn Demonstration Site

2021

May 2021

              • Monitoring breeding birds
              • Monitoring pollinating insects (bees, butterflies and hoverflies)
              • Fifth year insect monitoring of the beetle banks and wildflower blocks
              • Radio-tracking partridges in the demo site
              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting
              • PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)
              • PARTRIDGE Steering Committee meeting (online)

April 2021

              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting,
              • Earthworm sampling
              • Radiotracking partridges
              • Preparing seedbed for the new wildflower block
              • Started monitoring breeding birds
              • Preparing a new insect survey with the Dutch Butterfly Association, discussing approaches and determining transects

March 2021

              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting,
              • Monitoring mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
              • Partridge spring counts (audio playback)
              • Monitoring winter birds (point counts)
              • Camera trapping at feeding bins
              • Radiotracking partridges
              • Developing new management plans for farmers inside the demo site area

February 2021

              • Monitoring winter birds
              • Monitoring partridge audio-playback
              • Camera trapping at feeding bins
              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting,
              • Monitoring mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins

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Hare counts (Photos: Jochem Sloothaak)

January 2021

              • Visiting participating farmers, to prolong the contracts for the project extension period  
              • Monitoring mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
              • Habitat mapping of the demo site
              • Camera trapping at feeding bins
              • Monthly online NL partner meeting
              • Monthly online international partner meeting,
              • Updating the Interreg website with text and pictures

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2020

December 2020

              • 10th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)
              • 7Th Meeting (online) of the PARTRIDGE Steering Committee
              • Visiting participating farmers, to prolong the contracts for the project extension period  
              • Promotion of the PARTRIDGE approach at national symposium with the Dutch Minister of Agriculture
              • Working on the 7th progress report for Interreg
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Camera trapping at feeding bins
              • Monitoring winter birds and mammals

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Winter bird counts (Photos: Jochem Sloothaak)

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Seasons greetings and a present for volunteers and relations of the project (Photos: Jochem Sloothaak)

 

November 2020

              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Advising partridge projects in Twente
              • Camera trapping at feeding bins

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Installing feeding bins for supplementary winter feeding (Photos: Jochem Sloothaak)

 

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October 2020

              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

September 2020

              • Monthly online partner meeting
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

  

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Monitoring partridge coveys for brood success (Photo: Jochem Sloothaak)

              • First farmers cluster field meeting since the Covid-19 epidemic
              • Farm walk for delegates of the Provincial government
              • Presentation for the Brabants Landschap board

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August 2020

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July 2020

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              • Habitat mapping
              • Insect monitoring of the beetle banks and wildflower blocks
              • Developing management plans for farmers with insect-rich grassland

June 2020

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              • Breeding bird monitoring - first breeding records of the Marsh Harrier and Stonechat in the demo site
              • Radio-tracking of partridges in the demo site
              • Farm walk with delegates from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environmental affairs and the Dutch association of waterboards and Provinces discussing the future CAP, National Strategic Plan and how the PARTRIDGE approach could fit in.
              • Monitoring of pollinating insects (bees, butterflies and hoverflies), including hundreds of bumble bees that can be found in the habitat measures of the demo area.
              • Insect monitoring of the beetle banks and wildflower blocks
              • Habitat mapping
              • Production of a series of YouTube videos on habitat measures in the Oude Doorn demo site (in Dutch), June 2020.
              • Working on 6th progress report

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May 2020

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              • Breeding bird monitoring
              • Monitoring of pollinating insects (bees, butterflies and hoverflies) and the reproduction of the swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) in the wildflower blocks.
              • Fourth year, insect monitoring of the beetle banks and wildflower blocks
              • Radio-tracking of partridges in the demo site
              • 9th PARTRIDGE partnership meeting (online)
              • Working on the 6th progress report
              • 7Th Meeting (online) of the PARTRIDGE Steering Committee
              • Converting field data into shapefiles for INBO
              • Shooting video’s for new movie

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April 2020

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              • Teams online monthly partnership meeting
              • Teams online Dutch partner meeting, discussing project progression
              • Earthworm sampling
              • Radio-racking of partridges in the demo site
              • Seedbed preparations for the new wildflower block
              • Preparations of a new insect survey with the Dutch Butterfly Association, discussing the approach and determining transects

March 2020

 

 

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              • Teams online monthly partnership meeting
              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins
              • Spring counts of partridges (audio playback)
              • Monitoring of winter birds (point counts)
              • Start radio-tracking of the 3 partridge species in the demo site
              • Selecting photos for the Interreg photo competition
              • Advising a large landowner (Landgoed de Hoevens) about the PARTRIDGE habitat measures
              • Updating the Interreg website with text and pictures
              • Developing new management plans for farmers inside the demo site area

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February 2020

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              • Winterbird monitoring
              • Partridge audio-playback monitoring
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding bins

January 2020

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2019

 

December 2019

              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Monitoring winter birds & mammals

November 2019

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October 2019

September 2019

              • Skype project meeting
              • PARTRIDGE presentation for nature organization and farmers collective in the ‘Bollenstreek’ (Zuid-Holland) for their new partridge conservation project.
              • Earthworm sampling in the habitat measures
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Field visit with regional press

 

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 August 2019

              • Skype project meeting
              • Field inspection of habitat measures quality, farm visits
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

 

July 2019

              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • PARTRIDGE inspires European politicians during a farm walk
              • Article about the PARTRIDGE project in the magazine of the Dutch Hunters Association
              • Finishing the 4th progress report for Interreg
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Insect surveys
              • Insect sampling by GWCT

June 2019

              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • Insect surveys
              • Farm walk for a general public
              • PARTRIDGE study trip to Romenia
              • PARTRIDGE project extension approved by Interreg
              • Lecture and farm walk for students HAS Den Bosch
              • Shooting for new project film

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              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

 

May 2019

              • Skype meeting
              • PARTRIDGE International Partnership Meeting in Wilhelminadorp (NL)
              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • Short TV item on PARTRIDGE in Noord-Brabant demo site
              • Insect surveys

April 2019

              • First rounds breeding Bird monitoring
              • PARTRIDGE NL Partner Meeting on progress, the project extension and working plans
              • Article about PARTRIDGE regio coordinator Jochem Sloothaak in member magazine of BirdLife NL
              • Skype meeting
              • Discussion on insect monitoring in the demo area
              • Catching 3 partridges for radio-tracking
              • Farm walk for the general public and members of Brabant Landschap
              • Article in Dutch birding magazine on habitat use of partridges in Noord-Brabant
              • Two talks (at meeting ‘Brabants Farmer Yought Association’ & at meeting local hunters association’

March 2019

              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Short Instruction video about Spring Monitoring of Partridges
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
              • Meeting with Noord-Brabant regional stakeholders about The Dutch Initiative ‘Deltaplan Biodiversiteit’ to discuss options for a Living Lab on alternative financial arrangements.
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Preparation of plans and budgets for project extension
              • Info-meeting about radio tracking partridges
              • Farm walk and planting of a hedge with the Regional Waterboard (Dutch: Waterschap Rivierenland)
              • Visit from Brussels – PARTRIDGE draws attention

February 2019

              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
              • First partridge audio-counts
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Second report of Insect Monitoring in PARTRIDGE habitat measures NL
              • PARTRIDGE Presentation for the Dutch provincial ecologists and policy officers
              • Give a workshop about partridge monitoring for Farmer Collectives in Utrecht
              • Visit EU-parliament member Schreijer at demosite
              • Giving a talk and a farm walk at regional meeting of Dutch birders (West-Brabant)

January 2019

              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • PARTRIDGE Presentation for farmers collective in Flevoland
              • Winter counts of partridges and overwintering farmland birds
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Farmer cluster meeting

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2018

December 2018

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November 2018

              • Preparing winter counts of partridges and hares
              • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
              • Monitoring of mammals (hare counts) and winter feeding
              • Monitoring winter birds
              • PARTRIDGE Partnership Meeting, Ramskappelle (B)
              • Farm walk ‘religion & farming’
              • Two talks (at symposium and farmer cluster meeting)

October 2018

September 2018

              • Farm walk for general public and residents
              • Farmwalk Landschapsbeheer Gelderland and Collectieven
              • Farmwalk Danisch Hunters Association
              • Presentation about PARTRIDGE at a High School

August 2018

              • Field inspection of habitat measures quality, farm visits
              • Farm walk "Boeren voor Akkervogels" for the general public and residents
              • Stakeholder interviews for socio-economic research
              • Meeting with Dutch local waterboard (Waterschap Rivierenland) about management of ditchsides
              • Field visit with UK experts & coordinator
              • Article in magazine of Dutch Association of Hunters Organisations, on the PARTRIDGBE project
              • Article in magazine of Dutch Association of Hunters Organisations, on one of the farmers in the PARTRIDGE Oude Doorn demo site

July 2018

June 2018

              • PARTRIDGE excursion to Switzerland, visit to the Swiss Ornithological Institute
              • Official presentation of PARTRIDGE field signs by Regional Official
              • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
              • Breeding Bird monitoring
              • Farm walk for hunters associations in demo area

May 2018

April 2018

              • 2nd year of breeding bird monitoring started
              • 2nd year of insect monitoring started
              • Earthworm sampling
              • Press Release
              • Monitoring of the use of sand beds in demo area
              • Press Release

March 2018

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
              • Presentation about Beetlebanks (to 13 people)
              • Presentation on PARTRIDGE for Farmers Collective Raamvallei (to 21 people)

January 2018

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2017

December 2017

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

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

September 2017

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

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

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)

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

May 2017

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)

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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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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The Allerton Project

2021

April 2021

              • Carrying on with partridge spring counts

March 2021

              • Starting partridge spring counts

February 2021

              • Finishing winter hare counts
              • Started partridge spring tape lure counts

 January 2021

              • Carrying on with hare counts
              • Starting partridge transect call-counts

  

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2020

November 2020

              • Starting winter hare counts

September 2020

              • Starting partridge autumn counts

August 2020 

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Interreg Mix 31 acres (Photo by Phil Jarvis)

 

July 2020

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Interreg mix Collie Bottom (Photo by Phil Jarvis)  

 

June 2020

              • Finishing summer breeding bird counts

May 2020

              • Re-sowing of PARTRIDGE mixes

 

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Sowing the Interreg mixes (Photo by Phil Jarvis)

 

              • Carrying on with summer breeding bird counts

April 2019

              • Starting summer breeding bird counts

February 2020

              • Carrying on with hare counts
              • Starting partridge transect call-counts

January 2020

              • Starting winter hare counts

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2019

June 2019

              • Finishing summer breeding bird counts

April 2019

              • Starting summer breeding bird counts

February 2019

January 2019

              • Starting winter hare counts

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2018

June 2018

              • Finishing summer breeding bird counts

May 2018

              • Re-sowing of PARTRIDGE mixes
              • Starting summer breeding bird counts

April 2018

              • Carrying spring game counts
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              • Habitat creation and management (topping for next establishment)

March 2018

              • Finishing hare counts
              • Starting grey partridge counts
              • Habitat creation (hedge laying) and management

February 2018

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

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November 2017

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June 2017

April 2017

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

March 2017

              • Hare countsGrey partridge counts
              • Planning habitat creation and management

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

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Rotherfield Demonstration Site

2021

March 2021

              • Winter farmland bird count

 

February 2021

              • Hare count finished

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              • Partridge call-back transect count finished
              • Arable margins Oakbank mix sown
              • Winter farmland bird count

 

January 2021

              • Hare count started
              • Partridge call-back transect count started
              • Winter farmland bird count

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2020

December 2020

              • Winter farmland bird count

 November 2020

              • Winter farmland bird count started

 October 2020

              • 9/10/2020 farm walk for Natural England staff

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"Social distancing" 

              • 16/10/2020 farm walk with special advisors to the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon George Eustice MP 

                 

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September 2020

              • 9/9/2020 farm walk with Oakbank Game and Conservation advisor Ian Gould

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              • 25/9/2020 GWCT Hampshire members farm walk

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              • PARTRIDGE Oakbank autumn mixes sown

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June 2020

              • PARTRIDGE Oakbank advanced wild bird mixes sown

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              • Farmland songbird counts finished

 

May 2020

              • Farmland songbird counts

April 2020

              • Partridge spring pair count
              • Farmland songbird count started

 March 2020

              • Hare counts finished
              • Partridge transect counts finished
              • First ‘dogs on a lead’ sign installed

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February 2020

              • Hare counts
              • Partridge transect counts

January 2020

              • Hare counts
              • Partridge transect counts
              • 15 January: Hedgerow management course, start 10:30am Colemore Church

 

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2019

November 2019

              • Partnership meeting in Goettingen

October 2019

              • Farm walk with Oakbank director to discuss PARTRIDGE seed mix improvements
              • Farm walk with Rotherfield estate management to discuss habitat management for 2020

September 2019

              • Autumn partridge counts
              • Farm walk for Natural England staff

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July 2019

              • Insect sampling at Rotherfield, Ramskapelle and Oude Doorn

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              • Farm walk for CLA vice president
              • Farm walk for Danish Hunters Association students

June 2019

              • Farm walk for Hampshire Ornithological Society

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              • Farm walk for local farmer
              • Visit of PARTRIDGE partner ECO2

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              • Songbird monitoring

May 2019

              • Farm walk for Alton Natural History Society
              • Tree pipit farm walk for Selborne Farmer Cluster
              • Farm walk for Hampshire Farmer Club

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              • Songbird monitoring

April 2019

              • Spring partridge counts
              • Songbird monitoring

February 2019

              • Call-back partridge counts

January 2019

              • Talk for Alton Natural History Society
              • Hare counts
              • Call-back partridge counts

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2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

July 2018

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)

May 2018

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

April 2018

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

February 2018

January 2018

              • Hare counts started

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Balgonie Demonstration Site

2021

January 2021

              • Hare surveys commence
              • Habitat surveys
              • Partridge playback surveys start

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2020

December 2020

              • Winter feeding continues
              • Winter bird surveys begin

November 2020

              • Winter feeding
              • Earthworm sampling

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(Earthworm sampling Photo by Fiona Torrance)

October 2020

              • Habitat surveys at Balgonie and reference site
              • Winter feeding starts
              • Complete covey surveys

September 2020

              • Partridge covey surveys

August 2020

              • Insect pitfall trapping in potato tramlines/partridge mix

July 2020

              • Breeding bird surveys completed
              • Sweep net insect sampling
              • Team meeting

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(Pitfall trap in a tramline Photo by Molly Crookshank)

June 2020

              • World Environment Day webinar
              • Breeding bird surveys

May 2020

              • Brood-rearing mix for partridges sown around potatoes in conjunction with Kings
              • Breeding bird surveys start

April 2020

              • Habitat maps created

March 2020

February 2020

              • Present project at Barley Away Day conference

January 2020

              • Hare surveys commence
              • Farm meeting to discuss habitat
              • Habitat surveys
              • Partridge playback surveys start
              • Communication signs erected

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2019

December 2019

              • Winter feeding
              • Present project to farmer cluster

November 2019

              • Winter feeding

October 2019

              • Habitat surveys at Balgonie and reference site
              • Winter feeding starts
              • Complete covey surveys

September 2019

              • Partridge covey surveys
              • GWCT farm walk

August 2019

              • SNH visit to discuss future Scottish agri-environment schemes

July 2019

              • Attend Scottish Agronomy open days to publicise the PARTRIDGE project
              • Stand at Arable Scotland to raise awareness of the projects aims

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(Photo by Fiona Torrance)

 

June 2019

              • Project meeting to discuss future events

May 2019

              • Brood-rearing mix for partridges sown around potatoes in conjunction with Kings
              • Breeding bird surveys continue

April 2019

              • Breeding bird surveys start
              • Old wild bird seed mix strips replaced with PARTRIDGE mix
              • Farm walk with farmer cluster
              • Winter feeding finishes

March 2019

              • Vehicle-based partridge pair counts
              • Half of PARTRIDGE blocks topped to provide brood rearing habitat
              • Partridge playback surveys finish

February 2019

              • Partridge playback surveys
              • Big Farmland Bird Count
              • Project meeting with team to discuss management of plots
              • Hare surveys complete

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(Photo by Fiona Torrance)

January 2019

              • Winter feeding recommences
              • Habitat surveys at Balgonie and reference site
              • Hare surveys

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2018

December 2018

              • Hare surveys begin

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Whitburgh Demonstration Site

 

2021

January 2021

              • Winter feeding

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2020

December 2020

              • Winter feeding

November 2020

              • Winter feeding

October 2020

              • Winter feeding commences
              • Complete covey surveys

September 2020

              • Habitat surveys at both Whitburgh and reference site
              • Partridge covey surveys

August 2020

              • Insect sampling in cereals to determine partridge chick food availability

July 2020

              • Breeding bird surveys complete

June 2020

              • Breeding bird surveys
              • Annual pollinator strips sown

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(Whitburgh annual pollinator mix Photo by Fiona Torrance)

May 2020

              • Breeding bird surveys start

April 2020

              • Online team meeting
              • Winter feeding stops

March 2020

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(PARTRIDGE demo site manager Fiona Torrance speaking at the West of Scotland Auction)

 

February 2020

              • Partridge playback surveys begin
              • Hare surveys
              • Habitat mapping at Whitburgh and reference site

 January 2020

              • Hare surveys start
              • Habitat surveys

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2019

December 2019

              • Winter feeding

November 2019

              • Winter feeding

October 2019

              • Winter feeding commences
              • Complete covey surveys

September 2019

              • Habitat surveys at both Whitburgh and reference site
              • Partridge covey surveys
              • Farm walk with visiting farmer cluster

August 2019

              • Insect sampling in cereals to determine partridge chick food availability

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(Photo by Hannah Brunsden)

July 2019

              • Project meeting with farm team to discuss management of wild bird seed plots
              • Radio-tracking finishes
              • This year’s breeding bird surveys complete

June 2019

              • Radio-tracking
              • Breeding bird surveys

May 2019

April 2019

              • Breeding bird surveys start
              • Winter feeding stops
              • Radio-tracking

March 2019

              • Vehicle-based partridge pair surveys
              • Radio-tracking
              • Playback surveys stop

February 2019

January 2019

              • Radio-tracking starts
              • Habitat surveys at both Whitburgh and reference site
              • Hare surveys

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2018

December 2018