Creating miles of insect-rich habitat for grey partridges has earned the Englefield estate, in Berkshire, the coveted GWCT Grey Partridge Trophy. The estate is owned by environment minister Richard Benyon.

Over the past five years, the team at the estate has planted five miles of pollen and nectar strips, more than four miles of flower-rich grass margins and more than six miles of weedy cereal margins, all of which are vital to grey partridges and their chicks.

In 2008, Mr Benyon dedicated 1,000 acres of his Englefield estate to a grey partridge recovery programme. The grey partridge is one of the most threatened species in Britain. GWCT biodiversity adviser Peter Thompson said: “In just five years the Englefield estate has managed to increase grey partridges from just two pairs to 31 pairs this spring.

The rest of this article appears in the 26th June issue of Shooting Times.

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