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Title of the project

Grey partridge counting schemeCheschire


To survey areas of Cheshire using the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) grey partridge (Perdix perdix) counting scheme and to encourage BASC members to enhance the geographical range of the species throughout the county by 2010.

In the 2007 survey, 19 members were identified as having grey partridge on their land or the land over which they shot.
Since 2008 spring and autumn grey partridge counts have been undertaken (using the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trusts-GWCT) on BASC members’ shoots across Cheshire to establish the whereabouts of wild populations of the species.
After having positive results, the shoot syndicate now has a part-time gamekeeper who will be carrying out a strict regime of predator control on the shoot making a concerted effort towards reducing predation of grey partridge chicks by corvids and foxes.
During 2011, the officer will still have an active role in promoting the Grey Partridge Counting Scheme to BASC members in Cheshire.


In spring 2010 a grey partridge count was carried out on a shoot near to Hale, close to Runcorn. The count was successful and five pairs of wild grey partridge were counted. A repeat count was undertaken in autumn 2010 and five coveys were recorded; a total of 33 birds were counted. Other areas like in Dunham Estate showed no presence of grey partridge or some presence with densities.


Country United Kingdom
Level Regional
Site Dunham Estate, Hale, Runcorn, Shocklach Hall
Region Cheshire County

Starting date


Habitat Types

Farmland, Scrub/Grassland 


Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species grey partridge (Perdix perdix)

Conservation action(s)

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


Leading partners BASC The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (https://basc.org.uk/)
Other partners Game and Wildlife Conservation Trusts (GWCT) (https://www.gwct.org.uk/)


Green Shoots in Cheshire Annual ReportsBen Gregory Cheshire Biodiversity Project Officer2008-2009-2010