My fellow blogger petrel41 tells us that in the Netherlands, 2013 has been named the Year of the Partridge.
Here in Britain the native grey partridge (Perdix perdix) is managed for shooting. The Game Farmers’ Association describes partridge rearing. As it happens I’ve never eaten partridge (or shot one) but apparently it tastes great. Here are some recipes which are making me hungry.
But I don’t think I’ll be eating partridge. Its populations have declined badly, for reasons which aren’t well understood. It has become rare in parts of its range. The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust offers guidelines for reintroducing P. perdix but I won’t be eating it while it’s classed as a vulnerable species.