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Title of the project

Inch Partridge Project



Inch Partridge project aims to create a sustainable environment in East Donegal where Grey Partridge and other threatened farmland birds can flourish in the wild. Hunters on Inch Island (Inch Gun Club); host the project, undertake the practical works including breeding and release of captive bred birds, monitoring and tracking of birds in the wild, creation of habitat and predator control.



We have established wild breeding partridge on the site. We have created 20km of habitat for breeding and wintering Partridge. We have established basic mortality rates, habitat use and territorial scale in the study area.


Country Ireland
Level Regional
Site Inch Island and Burt, Co. Donegal
Municipalities involved County Donegal
Province(s) Ulster
Region North West

Starting date


Habitat Types

Farmland, Scrub/Grassland

Protection status of the areas

Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Grey Partridge Perdix Perdix

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners Inch Gun Club, National Association of Regional Gun Clubs (NARGC), Donegal Regional game and Wildlife Council (WRGWC), National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Irish Grey Partridge Trust, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM).
Other partners Local land owners, Heritage Council

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

5000 - 7500 euro for equipment and labour, 50,000 year for habitat creation by landowners.

Estimation of Human Resources needed

1 hunter part time ( 10-12 hours week), 8-12 hunters part time ( <10 hours a week), 1 ecologist part time (5-10 hours week) - average