The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has announced that it will be running two training courses in March 2014 to help people re-introduce the grey partridge to Scotland. The course has been designed to give partridge enthusiasts all the information needed to introduce the bird, which has suffered a population decline of 86 per cent over the last 40 years, back to the arable and hill fringe landscapes. Alongside Perdix Wildlife Supplies, GWCT experts will be giving talks and holding practical demonstrations on habitat creation and management, re-introduction techniques, and predator control.
The course is based on a three-year research study started by the Trust, which looked at the most effective re-introduction releasing techniques for grey partridges. Hugo Straker is the course leader, and he said, “The need to re-establish new populations is crucial if we are to save this bird, particularly as there are now huge tracts of our countryside that no longer holds grey partridges. We hope that our comprehensive guidelines and this training will show the art of the possible.
“Once the right habitats have been created and feeding and predator control are being maintained, we feel confident that many people will be able to have wild partridges on their land again. This would be a fantastic achievement for future generations.
“This course is relevant to everyone interested in grey partridge conservation, from farmers or conservation groups looking to re-establish a small but viable resident population on their land to game managers whose ultimate goal is to achieve a sustainable wild grey partridge shoot.”
The course details are as follows:
Monday 3 March: 9.30 to 15.00 at Whitburgh Estate, Pathhead, Midlothian.
Tuesday 4 March: 9.30 to 1500 at Clune and Corrybrough Estate, Tomatin, Inverness-shire.
Cost £25 per person inc. VAT
To book a place, please contact Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 or email@example.com