Hedgerow management for the conservation of grey Perdix perdix and red-legged Alectoris rufa partridges in the British Isles

  • Published source details Rands M.R.W. (1987) Hedgerow management for the conservation of partridges Perdix perdix and Alectoris rufa. Biological Conservation, 40, 127-139


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Manage hedgerows to benefit wildlife (includes no spray, gap-filling and laying)

Action Link
Farmland Conservation
  1. Manage hedgerows to benefit wildlife (includes no spray, gap-filling and laying)

    A study of nine farms in England and one in Scotland from 1979 to 1981 (Rands 1987) found that the most suitable nesting habitat for grey partridge Perdix perdix was in hedges trimmed biennially compared to those unmanaged, occasionally managed, cut annually, sides cut annually, boundaries with verges cut or regularly grazed. Grey partridge breeding density and recruitment increased with the length of field boundary, amount of dead grass and height of earth bank at the hedge base. Nests were sited where dead grass, bramble and leaf litter were significantly more abundant and bank height was higher. Field boundaries and hedges were surveyed in late winter. Breeding density was surveyed in March. Four farms were searched for nests and nest success was recorded.  Forty-two grey partridge nests were recorded. Hedge characteristics were recorded around each nest and at a randomly chosen 'non-nest' site within 100 m.


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