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Title of the project

Partridge Count Scheme


provide demographic data on the grey partridge in UK

survey hunting estates for bag data on partridges. Run along similar lines as the National Gamebag Census, this scheme collects information primarily on partridge abundance and breeding success, although some information on numbers of partridges shot is also collected.

The project was established by the Game and Wildfowl Trust, a body who is mainly funded by hunting estates. Hunting estates also provided the bag data.


Country United Kingdom
Level National

Starting date


Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Emerald Network, Ramsar, Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban, Hunting reserve, No protection status


Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (https://www.gwct.org.uk/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

23,000 Game and Wildlife Trust members, 1000 hunting estates. There are currently around 500 participants managing approximately 240,000 ha(c. 1% of total UK land area), and the GCT