PARTRIDGE Interreg Project
PARTRIDGE is a project co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme which looks at how new management solutions can improve biodiversity and ecosystem services by up to 30% between 2016 and 2020. The project occurs on ten 500 ha demonstration sites spread in four countries: United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium (Flanders). More than a partnership between countries this project is based on partnership between different actors: researchers, farm advisors, conservationists, hunters, civil servants and farmers. The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (UK) leads the project while Hubertus Vereniging Vlaanderen (FACE Flemish Member in Belgium) and Deutscher Jagdverband (FACE Member in Germany) support it with other organisations.
The Partridge is the mascot of the PARTRIDGE project as the species is one of the best indicators of the ecological status of an agricultural area. If an area is optimally organized and managed for the partridge, many other species benefit: yellowhammer, skylark, hare, finches, insects…
On each of the 10 sites, local management plans are developed and complemented by winter feeding and predation management. New transnational monitoring protocols are tested on the field to demonstrate the good results provided by the project. By organising farm walks and transnational demonstration site visits for farmers and civil servants, the objective is to show best practices to influence future agri-environment schemes across the partner countries.
Dr Francis Buner, Senior Conservation Scientist at the GWCT and Head of PARTRIDGE Interreg Project comments: “The main emphasis of PARTRIDGE is to demonstrate how the loss of farmland biodiversity can be reversed successfully across our partner countries. The key focus will be on grey partridge-tailored high quality habitat improvements, the loss of which are a key factor in the decline of farmland wildlife and ecosystem services across Europe.”
Contact and Sources:
Dr Francis Buner, Senior Conservation Scientist at the GWCT and Head of PARTRIDGE Interreg Project