Red-legged Partridge – 2003-07 breeding

Alectoris rufa – PETRISEN GOESGOCH – Artificially maintained

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed45
Breeding probable18
Breeding possible12
No of tetrads occupied5 (of 478)25 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads1.1%5.1%

The county population of red-legged partridge is sustained by annual releases for the purpose of shooting. Those birds which survive the shooting season are able to breed but it is doubtful that a self sustaining population would endure without further releases. Comparing the results of the two surveys indicates a fivefold increase but in the absence of information on the scale of releases, which appears to be unregulated, it is impossible to meaningfully interpret these findings.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Rees, et al. 2008, Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pembrokeshire 2003-07. Pembrokeshire Bird Group.

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Red-legged Partridge – 1994

Alectoris rufa – PETRISEN GOESGOCH – Artificially maintained

Map produced by the West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre
1984-88
Breeding confirmed4
Breeding probable1
Breeding possible
No of tetrads occupied5 (of 478)
Percentage of tetrads1.1%

Early attempts at introduction were unsuccessful, as reported by Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949). Introductions from 1971 onwards, at a variety of localities including the Angle Estate and Boulston, have been maintained by turning down new stock annually. They are introduced to provide quarry for sportsmen but some survive to breed free and others have wandered away from their area of introduction, one having reached Ramsey, possibly having come from a release area at Dowrog.

Pure Red-legged Partridge, pure Chukar (Alectoris chukar) and hybrids between the two have all been introduced in recent times. It is doubtful whether any would endure for long were introductions to cease.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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Red-legged Partridge – 1894

Caccabis rufa – Introduced.

Lord Cawdor in the south of the county, and Mr. J. Worthington, of Glyn-y-mel, Fishguard, in the north, have attempted to naturalise the red-legged Partridge, but have met with no success. We have seen the fine, healthy young birds reared at Glyn-y-mel, but they soon disappeared after they were turned out in fields where it seemed likely they would remain, nor were any ever met with afterwards during the shooting season in the neighbourhood.

Mr. Moore, the head keeper at Picton Castle, has told us that he once shot a single example of this species at Picton. and this is the only one that, to our knowledge, has been obtained anywhere at large within the county.

Attempts to introduce the red-legged Partridge have also failed both in Devonshire and Dorsetshire, and it seems natural to conclude that the climate of the south-west of the kingdom is too humid for it. We cannot think of any other reason to account for its refusing to establish itself in the various (in all other respects) suitable districts on which it has been turned out.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

NB. J Worthington J.P. occupied Glan-y-mel from 1866 to 1906. His obituary describes him as a Churchman, Conservative, public benefactor and good sportsman.

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Alectoris rufa – PETRISEN GOESGOCH – Artificially maintained

Red-legged Partridge – 2003-07 breeding

Alectoris rufa – PETRISEN GOESGOCH – Artificially maintained Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 4 5 Breeding probable 1 8 Breeding possible 12 No of tetrads occupied 5 (of 478) 25 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 1.1% 5.1% The county population of red-legged partridge is sustained by annual releases for the purpose of shooting. Those […]

Red-legged Partridge – 1994

Alectoris rufa – PETRISEN GOESGOCH – Artificially maintained 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 4 Breeding probable 1 Breeding possible No of tetrads occupied 5 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 1.1% Early attempts at introduction were unsuccessful, as reported by Mathew (1894) and Lockley et al. (1949). Introductions from 1971 onwards, at a variety of localities including the Angle Estate […]