The native partridge to the UK, the Grey or English Partridge (Perdix perdix), was once the predominant game bird throughout the British countryside, but has sadly declined due to, predominantly, the loss of habitat with the increase in intensive arable farming in the 1950’s.
Today, many partridge shoots rely on the slightly larger Red Legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), introduced to the UK from Spain, which also adds an extra dimension to many pheasant shooting days - being easier to rear and able to fly in much the same way as pheasants, over deep valley’s, producing high sporting birds.
The Partridge season opens in the UK on the 1st of September running through to the end of January.
In Spain the season runs from October to March, the actual closing dates vary between estates depending on the province.
Shooting partridges in Spain at the end of the UK game shooting season is often a welcome trip, adding further days to the shooting calendar without missing invitation in the British open season, as well enjoying a pleasant change in the shooting climate, Spain being somewhat warm than the British winter!
Once the British shooting season closes, it can get very busy in Spain, so we like to secure days as early as possible for guests.
Wild Partridge Conservation
The decline of the wild Grey Partridge (UK) and the wild Red Legged Partridge (Spain) can be attributed to a number of reasons, including habitat loss (nesting cover), changes in farming practices (including use of herbicides, loss of insect food), large-scale rear and release affecting wild populations resulting in less predator control and an increase in predation during the nesting season, leading to more hen and nest losses.
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)
• The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) are pioneering conservation research into game
and wildlife, funded in large by the shooting community. Sybarite Sporting are great believers in the
GWCT and continue to support their work through fund raising and donations from organised
shooting and Sloe Gin sales.
A range of factsheets on Grey and Red Legged Partridge conservation and population recovery
are available from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust at:
The Country Food Trust (CFT)
• Sybarite Sporting supports The Country Food Trust by encouraging a 0.50p (VAT exempt) donation
on every gamebird harvested, on the shooting days we organise.
The Country Food Trust is a charity food producer that make top quality protein-based food that
are donated to charities who feed people in need. Our sporting guests’ donations enable those
birds harvested, that are not sold directly, to be processed into nutritious retort pouch meals for
Please see their work at
The British Game Alliance (BGA)
• Sybarite Sporting supports The British Game Alliance by encouraging a 0.50p (VAT exempt)
donation on every gamebird harvested, on the shooting days we organise.
The British Game Alliance promotes the consumption of gamebird meat, as the official marketing
board for game meat in the UK. Through the BGA 'British Game' assurance scheme, sporting
guests’ can be assured they are participating in a shoot that adheres to the highest standards, and
gamebird consumers can be confident to the provenance of their food.
Please see their work at
POSITIVE CONSERVATION IMPACT
The effects of good vermin control and habitat management, on pheasant and partridge shoots, will result in a positive net conservation impact.
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