Grey partridges

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.

About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Grey partridges

  1. I love game and am fairly certain I’ve eaten partridge (I’ve certainly eaten pheasant) but if they’re on the decline then I’ll be avoiding them from now on.

    • argylesock says:

      Did you know there are 2 species of partridge here? In fact with your interest in birds, I bet you did know. I was going to write about the red-legged partridge in this reply to your comment but I’ve just decided to give that species a post of its own.

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