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The grey partridge in the UK: population status, research, policy and prospects

Published on Jan 1, 2012in Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 0.79
Nicholas J. Aebischer25
Estimated H-index: 25
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
Julie A. Ewald8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)
Abstract
La perdiz pardilla en el Reino Unido: estado de la poblacion, investigacion, gestion y perspectivas Durante los ultimos cincuenta anos, los efectivos de la perdiz pardilla (Perdix perdix) han descendido catastroficamente en el Reino Unido. Por el contrario, el Programa de Recuento de la Perdiz de la GWCT (Fundacion para la Conservacion de la Caza y la Fauna Salvaje) presenta un 81% de aumento desde el ano 2000 en los lugares del Reino Unido en que interviene. En este estudio exploramos los antecedentes y las razones de estos resultados tan contradictorios. Las investigaciones de la GWCT han tenido como consecuencias recomendaciones cientificamente demostradas para la mejora del medio ambiente de la perdiz en el Reino Unido, desde los requerimientos del habitat hasta la densidad de depredadores. Dichas investigaciones han influido en la politica gubernamental del Reino Unido, que ahora incluye uno de los proyectos de Europa mas orientadas hacia la conservacion y mas flexible en cuanto a habitat y agricultura, lo que permite a los gestores del territorio recuperar gran parte del habitat costero de la perdiz pardilla. Actualmente, los proyectos sobre agricultura y medio ambiente no abarcan la seleccion de los depredadores mas comunes, de manera que son principalmente los cotos de caza con guardabosques privados los que han aplicado todas las medidas de gestion. El futuro de la perdiz pardilla en el Reino Unido reside en el equilibrio entre la economia de la produccion agricola, las medidas agro–medioambientales, y la caza.
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Published on Jun 1, 2010in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 3.95
J.A. Ewald1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
Nicholas J. Aebischer25
Estimated H-index: 25
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)
+ 2 AuthorsA. Cooke5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Natural England)
Abstract In this study results from land managed by volunteer members of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust's Partridge Count Scheme (PCS) were used to determine how well Environmental Stewardship (ES) and its predecessor schemes have performed for one intensively studied farmland bird, the grey partridge ( Perdix perdix ) between 2005 and 2008. The individual agri-environmental scheme (AES) options that PCS members chose to implement were classified into groups based on the habitat that t...
Published on Jan 1, 2009
Nicholas J. Aebischer1
Estimated H-index: 1
In 1994, the UK government launched its Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). Its list of BAP species included the grey partridge Perdix perdix, whose UK numbers had declined by 91% since 1962. The government set numerical targets in its grey partridge Species Action Plan, then nominated the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) as lead partner to take the Plan forward. To this end, the GWCT has sought to raise awareness of the issues among the farming and shooting communities with promotional mat...
Published on Jan 1, 2009
Julie Ewald1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Nevile Kingon1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Hugues Santin-Janin1
Estimated H-index: 1
Published on Jan 1, 2009
Mark A. Eaton14
Estimated H-index: 14
,
Andrew F. Brown13
Estimated H-index: 13
+ 6 AuthorsRichard D. Gregory39
Estimated H-index: 39
This is the fourth major review of the status of birds occurring in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.We present Red, Amber and Green lists of conservation concern based on assessments using objective listing criteria and using the most recent data.The listing criteria assess global conservation status, historical population decline, recent population decline (numbers and geographical range), European conservation status, rarity, localised distribution, and international importance of popu...
Published on Oct 1, 2007in Journal of Applied Ecology 5.78
M Watson1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Nicholas J. Aebischer25
Estimated H-index: 25
+ 1 AuthorsJulie A. Ewald8
Estimated H-index: 8
Summary 1 Factual information is key to resolving conflicts between raptor conservation and gamebird management, especially when the conservation status of one of the species involved is threatened. The grey partridge Perdix perdix is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan species because of a marked decline in abundance caused by agricultural intensification. Recently, the number of raptors present on farmland and the commercial shooting of red-legged partridges Alectoris rufa have both increased. To in...
Published on Nov 16, 2004in Ibis 1.99
Nicholas J. Aebischer25
Estimated H-index: 25
,
Julie A. Ewald8
Estimated H-index: 8
In 1995, the UK Government designated the Grey Partridge Perdix perdix as a priority species under its Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). The Game Conservancy Trust (GCT), nominated as lead partner for the species, launched a programme to help Grey Partridge recovery by (1) raising awareness among the shooting and farming communities, (2) encouraging land managers and local BAP groups to conserve Partridges by setting numerical targets and offering feedback from counts on how to increase numbers, a...
Published on Jan 1, 2000in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 1.96
J. A. Ewald1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Nicholas J. Aebischer25
Estimated H-index: 25
We report on trends in agricultural pesticide use from1970 to 1995 inclusive in arable crops on the SouthDowns, West Sussex, U.K. Information is given on theproportion of cropped area treated with pesticides,the percentage spray area, the number of pesticideapplications per field, and the number of compoundsapplied per field for herbicides, foliar fungicidesand insecticides. Compared to national publishedfigures, our data are broadly representative of thenational picture; they provide a complete...
Published on Jan 1, 1998
N. J. Aebischer1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
G. R. Potts1
Estimated H-index: 1
Sur une zone d'etude de 28 km 2 dans le Sussex (Royaume-Uni), le nombre des perdrix grises, Perdix perdix, a chute de 72% depuis 1970. Toutefois, leurs effectifs sont restes constants sur la seule ferme de la region qui avait preserve un systeme traditionnel de polyculture, caracterise par le semis de prairies en rotation, sous couvert de cultures de printemps. Dans les quatre autres fermes de la zone d'etude, les prairies en rotation ont disparu et les cereales de printemps ont ete remplacees p...
Published on Jan 1, 1997
Nicholas J. Aebischer1
Estimated H-index: 1
The grey partridge Perdix perdix was originally a bird of the temperate steppe grasslands of central Europe and Asia. It adapted readily to an open arable landscape and vastly expanded its range as agricultural development spread westward across Europe over the last eight millennia. At its maximum extent, this species occurred throughout Europe and north-west Asia east to Mongolia. The range was further extended by successful introductions into North America at the beginning of the twentieth cen...
Published on Oct 1, 1996in Journal of Applied Ecology 5.78
S. C. Tapper1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
G. R. Potts1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
M. H. Brockless1
Estimated H-index: 1
1. A 6-year experiment is described which was designed to test whether or not predation control, as practised by traditional and currently legal methods, increases (i) the breeding success and autumn numbers of partridges, and (ii) the subsequent breeding density. 2. In the experiment, predation control effort was highly seasonal and designed to reduce partridge breeding season losses by killing resident predators of selected species. 3. The predation control significantly reduced the abundance ...
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Published on Aug 10, 2018in Ibis 1.99
Tom Finch3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UEA: University of East Anglia),
Tom Finch3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UEA: University of East Anglia)
+ 5 AuthorsSimon J. Butler19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UEA: University of East Anglia)
To maximize the effectiveness of conservation interventions, it is crucial to have an understanding of how intraspecific variation determines the relative importance of potential limiting factors. For bird populations, limiting factors include nest‐site availability and foraging resources, with the former often addressed through the provision of artificial nestboxes. However, the effectiveness of artificial nestboxes depends on the relative importance of nest‐site vs. foraging resource limitatio...
Published on May 1, 2019in Ecology and Evolution 2.42
Clément Harmange (University of Angers), Vincent Bretagnolle41
Estimated H-index: 41
(CNRS: Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
+ 1 AuthorsOlivier Pays16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Angers)
Published on Apr 1, 2019in Ibis 1.99
Elie Gaget1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of La Rochelle),
Rémi Fay4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of La Rochelle)
+ 2 AuthorsVincent Bretagnolle41
Estimated H-index: 41
(University of La Rochelle)
Published on Mar 1, 2019in Biological Conservation 4.45
Lucy A. Capstick (Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust), Rufus B. Sage12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
Andrew N. Hoodless11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)
Abstract The release of large numbers of juvenile pheasants into open-topped release pens in woodlands is a common part of game management in the UK. Previous research has shown this practice modifies the soil conditions and ground flora community of these release pens. However, it is not currently known if and how these changes to soil and ground flora reverse once the pens are no longer used. We compared the soil chemistry, ground flora structure and community composition of disused release pe...
Published on Apr 3, 2018in Bird Study 1.01
Philip Warren4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
Tom Hornby1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
David Baines12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)
ABSTRACTCapsule: Call-playback in spring can be a practical method to survey Grey Partridges Perdix perdix in rough grasslands with abundant cover. However, further research is required to investigate movements and other responses to call-playback.Aims: To compare call-playback with an observation-only method to survey Grey Partridges in rough grasslands with abundant cover, and to undertake a pilot study to consider whether bird behaviour conforms to point distance sampling assumptions.Methods:...
Published on Dec 1, 2017in European Journal of Wildlife Research 1.18
Peter A. Robertson6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Newcastle University),
Aileen C. Mill10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Newcastle University)
+ 3 AuthorsNicholas J. Aebischer10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)
The release of artificially reared pheasants is a widespread practice in Great Britain, used to increase the number of birds available for hunting. We examined the spatial and temporal patterns of release and shooting between 1960 and 2014 using data from a self-selected sample of 1195 sites. We examined changes in the efficiency of release, the contribution of birds that were not released that year to the numbers shot, and the form of these relationships through time. An annual estimate of the ...
Published on Apr 3, 2017in Bird Study 1.01
Philip Warren4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
Tom Hornby1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
David Baines12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)
ABSTRACTCapsule: Breeding Grey Partridges Perdix perdix on hill farms preferred Soft Rush-infested rough grazing which provided nesting cover and invertebrates for foraging chicks.Aims: To measure habitat use, nest sites, chick diet and breeding productivity of Grey Partridge on hill farms in north east England.Methods: We measured actual habitat use of radio-tagged individuals in relation to its availability both within home ranges and over the wider study area. Nesting habitat and breeding pro...
Sangam Khalil1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University),
Maqsood Anwar5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University),
Iftikhar Hussain12
Estimated H-index: 12
Grey francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) is a medium size game bird, also serving as biological control agent. Population of grey francolin has declined over the time mainly due to excessive hunting and habitat destruction. Research studies have not been carried out on Grey francolin in the Salt Range and data on their biological and ecological aspects is lacking. The current study was conducted in two protected areas i.e. Chumbi Surla Wildlife Sanctuary (CSWS) and Diljabba Domeli Game Resrve ...
Published on Jan 1, 2015in Sociologia Ruralis 2.86
David Kings3
Estimated H-index: 3
,
Brian Ilbery29
Estimated H-index: 29
(University of Gloucestershire)
Little comparative research has investigated the ‘lifeworlds’ of organic and conventional farmers. Using phenomenology, this article explores and describes the ‘lifeworlds’ of farmers in central-southern England with the aim of identifying their understandings and experiences in relation to their choice of farming system. On-farm ‘lifeworld’ interviews and observations (examined in terms of movement, rest and encounter) showed that, in contrast to conventional farmers, organic farmers often have...