Researchers monitoring wild grey partridge recovery on more than half a million acres of farmland across the country have reported a 26 per cent increase in numbers, despite poor weather conditions over the past twelve months.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust?s Partridge Count Scheme has recorded a total of 10,673 pairs this spring compared with 8,484 counted at the same time last year.

Neville Kingdon, the GWCT?s scheme coordinator said: ?This is a fantastic result by members of the scheme. Their continuing efforts mean that we have produced an average spring pair increase of 12 per cent since 2001.

?Pair densities have now increased to a level last seen during the spring of 1980, which is a huge achievement and reflects the growing band of enthusiasts who wish to restore wild greys to the British countryside again.?

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

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