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Red Legged Partridge

Posted by eddybayton 
Red Legged Partridge
June 04, 2017 04:23PM
I don't know if this is worth registering or not as it's an introduced species, but I came within an ace of mowing down a female and 14 chicks this morning. They appeared to be sunning themselves in the middle of the road in Littledale above the scout camp. I had to stop and shoo them into the verge. The chicks were tiny, they can't have been more than a day or two old.

It is known that there have been releases in the area but how many I wonder survive the season and the winter and breed successfully?
Re: Red Legged Partridge
June 04, 2017 06:29PM
Eddie, I cannot speak for Lancaster area, but In North Fylde the release of Red-legged Partridge number in the many, many thousands. Each year Hi-Fly Game Hatcheries alone introduce several thousand in the Pilling/ Rawcliffe/Cockerham area in preparation for the shooting season. This number does not include the many released by small local shooting syndicates on other farms throughout the area. A good number do survive the shoots to become free to breed in the wild. In previous years I have found nests around here.

This practice is also widespread in the hills above Garstang on the edge of the Bowland hills and probably in the farmland around Lancaster.

There seems to be no control or proper accounting over the number released, their impact on the environment as a whole, or their impact on the native population of Grey Partridge or other farmland birds. The release of pheasants for shooting is on a similar industrial scale but as usual big money is involved.
Re: Red Legged Partridge
June 04, 2017 08:19PM
I have seen quite a number of adult birds around Arnside (including our garden). I have yet to see any young birds and have no knowledge of any nesting.
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