Grey Partridge

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The native Grey Partridge has suffered a dramatic decline in recent years

In the days before intensive agriculture, many of our field and land boundaries were bordered with hedgerows rich in flowers, thorns and berries which provided food, cover and nesting sites for a wide variety of birds. Now, however, modern farming practices and a scarcity of suitable nesting sites means that we rarely, if ever, see this bird which was once a common sight on farm land and open grassland.

The Grey Partridge is now a Priority species that needs protection. Here at Murton we breed and release them into the surrounding area. This is part of a grant scheme to increase numbers of protected species.