The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) has advised shooters to refrain from shooting grey partridges this season unless they have more than 20 birds per 250 acres. The suggestion comes after the disastrous breeding season in 2012.

Dr Julie Ewald, a senior scientist with the GWCT, told Shooting Times: “The voluntary ban on shooting greys last winter was widely adopted by Partridge Count Scheme (PCS) members and as a result the average over-winter survival across all sites was 46 per cent. This is slightly above rates recorded in the previous four years of 37 per cent to 43 per cent. Everyone who refrained from shooting and minimised accidental losses should be congratulated as it will certainly have helped boost this spring’s breeding density.

The rest of this article appears in the 28th August issue of Shooting Times.

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