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.