Project Calendar

Check out what's taking place throughout the year at our different demonstration sites.


Belgium

Isabellapolder Demonstration Site

December

  • Meeting with hunters to discuss monitoring protocol for hare counts and partridge count and also discuss and develop a winter feeding and predator control plan for the demonstration site

January

  • Field visits with hunting groups, GWCT offered management advice on winter feeding and predator control

February

  • Improved predator control in place
  • Extra feeders now in place
  • Game species being monitored with the help of hunters

March

  • Farmer meeting, Wednesday 01/03 at Assenede (19h30 at Café De Gouden Appel; Boekhoutedorp 16, 9961 Assenede)

April

  • Farmland bird surveys start
  • Establishment of first PARTRIDGE wild flower mixes

May

  • Demo site visit between local partners and GWCT (11 May)

August

  • Farm walk for stakeholders and national policy makers, including a visit from Flemish minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture

September

  • Convincing farmers to establish new göttinger plots
  • Skype meeting monthly progress
  • Partridge autumn count

October

  • Farmer excursion to beetle banks in Brabant demo area in Netherlands (12 October)
  • Meeting with the regional Water board’ (20 October)
  • Local stakeholder meeting (26 October)
  • Skype meeting monthly progress
  • Start of winter feeding plan by local hunters
  • Presentation of the PARTRIDGE project on the poster session of Flemish-Dutch Farmlandbird symposium in Leuven

November

  • Skype meeting monthly progress
  • Meeting Flemish partners
  • Full partner meeting in Loddington
  • Farmer excursion to the GWCT Allerton Project and Hope Farm
  • Managing the winter feeding by local hunters
  • Construction of the first beetle banks

Ramskapelle Demonstration Site

December

  • Meeting with hunters to discuss monitoring protocol for hare counts and partridge count and also discuss and develop a winter feeding and predator control plan for the demonstration site

January

  • Field visits with hunting groups, GWCT offered management advice on winter feeding and predator control

February

  • Locations identified for planting winter cover crops
  • Extra feeders now purchased
  • Alternative seed mixes being trialled
  • Improved predator control in place

March

  • Farmer meeting, Thursday 02/03 at Ramskapelle (19h30 at De Lanterfanter; Ramskapellestraat 66, 8620 Ramskapelle)

April

  • Farmland bird surveys start
  • Establishment of first PARTRIDGE wild flower mixes

May

  • Demo site visit between local partners and GWCT (12 May)

August

September

  • Farm walk for farmer cluster group and BBQ
  • First plots of ‘Partridge Autumn Seed Mix’
  • Contracting participating farmers
  • Partridge counts

October

  • 12th October: Farmer excursion to beetle banks in Brabant demoarea (Netherlands)
  • Employment of camera traps in the demoarea

November

  • International partner meeting at the GWCT Allerton Project
  • Farmer excursion to the GWCT Allerton Project and Hope Farm

Germany

Diemarden Demonstration Site

January

  • Meeting with Andreas Kinser, co-financing “Deutsche Wildtierstiftung” to discuss details of the PARTRIDGE Project
  • Hare transect counts with local hunters and university staff
  • Meeting with local farmers and hunters to introduce PARTRIDGE project

February

  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare transect counts with hunters and university staff

March

  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare transect counts with hunters and university staff
  • Field trip to project area with Francis Buner, Head of PARTRIDGE (GWCT)

April

  • Meeting with the lower nature conservation authority to discuss measures of PARTRIDGE

May

  • Start of breeding bird surveys
  • Meeting with farmers in Diemarden to discuss conditions of flower blocks

June

  • Partnership demo site visit
  • Partnership meeting in Göttingen
  • Breeding bird surveys
  • Meeting with several local farmers to discuss measures of the PARTRIDGE project
  • Recruitment of project site manager for Germany
  • Partnership visit to Arundel demonstration site
  • Partnership visit to Rotherfield demonstration site

July

  • New seed mixture (for sowing in autumn) composed and ordered
  • Meeting with local nature conservation association to discuss possible synergies
  • Habitat mapping finished
  • Breeding bird surveys finished
  • Meeting with several farmers to negotiate flower blocks
  • New seed mixture (for sowing in autumn) composed and ordered

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August

  • First contracts with farmers for flower blocks concluded

September

  • First four flower blocks with new perennial seed mixture  installed
  • Monitoring of partridge clutches (breeding success)
  • All contracts for the Diemarden demonstration site concluded

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Nesselröden Demonstration Site

January

  • Hare counts

February

  • Meeting with local famers and hunters to introduce the PARTRIDGE Project
  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare counts with volunteers and university staff

March

  • Grey partridge transect counts (inside and outside of PARTRIDGE project area) with volunteers, farmers and university staff
  • Hare counts with volunteers and University staff

April

  • First two flower blocks established by local farmer

May

  • Start of breeding bird surveys

June

  • Breeding bird surveys

July

  • Habitat mapping finished
  • Breeding bird surveys finished

August

  • First contracts with farmers for flower blocks concluded

September

  • Negotiations with farmers continue

Netherlands

Burgh-Sluis Demonstration Site

February

  • Meeting with the regional Water Board
  • Visit to participating farmers
  • Hare counts
  • Winter bird counts
  • Meeting with local farmers and villagers including project presentation

April

May

  • Project excursion with farmers and villagers
  • Farmland bird excursion
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • Presentation and discussion with farmers collective Zeeland about following Burgh-Sluis example
  • Contracting farmers in the two demo-areas for PARTRIDGE on the measures they will realize

June

  • Project excursion with farmers and villagers
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • Official 'kick-off' of the Dutch part of the PARTRIDGE project, with two field meetings in the two project regions for local and regional stakeholders, plus field excursion
  • Public meeting for all households in the demo area
  • Excursion in Demo area for farmers collective Goes
  • Excursion in Demo area for 'Statenfractie Groen Links Zeeland'
  • Excursion in Demo area for the Rotary club 'Lions Goes'
  • Farm walk for Coordinators farmland birds conservation
  • Farm walk for Farmers Collective Goes
  • Order of 1000 Partridge pins, to be distributed among the Dutch volunteers, farmers and other stakeholders in the project
  • Monitoring insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)

July

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Meeting with members of the Waterboard, about vegetation management
  • Habitat and vegetation mapping of summer situation

August

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

September

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Visit to project area by all employees and board of St. Landschapsbeheer Zeeland
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success
  • Farm walk for general public and residents

October

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Monitoring  partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

November

  • Volunteers assist in habitat management (e.g. trimming of hedges) in PARTRIDGE demo areas during national nature management day
  • Project team meeting in Loddington, United Kingdom
  • First Progress Report & Financial Report uploaded to Intereg
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

December

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

Oude Doorn Demonstration Site

January

  • New winter feeders installed in line with GWCT winter feeding guidelines. First grey partridges recorded using camera traps on 3.1.2017 (shown below):

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February

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Hare count volunteers

  • Meeting with local farmers to discuss habitat improvements
  • Meeting with local farmers and volunteers to discuss PARTRIDGE project
  • Additional winter cover for grey partridges installed using recycled Christmas trees (shown below):

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April

  • Meeting with local wildlife protection charity to discuss PARTRIDGE project
  • Farmland bird surveys started
  • Establishment of first Dutch beetle banks
  • Establishment of first PARTRIDGE wild flower mixes 
  • Visit of Mr Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  • Contracts with farmers in the two demo-areas for PARTRIDGE on the measures they will realize
  • Meeting for volunteers and residents discussing PARTRIDGE progress
  • Start of student research, sampling of insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes
  • Letter to residents in the Brabant region on insect sampling activities
  • GIS-mapping of February conditions at the demo site and reference site
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)

May

June

  • Field walk for colleages from Brabants Landschap
  • Presentation about PARTRIDGE project and visit to demonstartion site with the Member Council and Supervisory Board of Birdlife Netherlands
  • Monitoring of insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring of breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • Official 'kick-off' of the Dutch part of the PARTRIDGE project, with two field meetings in the two project regions for local and regional stakeholders, plus field excursion
  • Farm walk for colleagues from Brabants Landschap
  • Presentation of PARTRIDGE project for and visit to demonstration site with the Member Council and Supervisory Board of Birdlife Netherlands
  • Presentation of PARTRIDGE project in VBN for Team Conservation
  • Order of 1000 Partridge pins, to be distributed among the Dutch volunteers, farmers and other stakeholders in the project
  • Monitoring insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring breeding farmland birds in project regions (several rounds)
  • "Thank you-breakfast" in the field for volunteers bird monitoring

July

  • Monitoring of insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Farm walk for general public
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Meeting with members of the Waterboard, about vegetation management
  • Habitat and vegetation mapping of summer situation
  • Monitoring of patridge clutches (breeding success)
  • Contracting farmers for habitat improvement (mainly flower blocks)

August

  • Visit of Dutch delegation to Belgian farm walk in Isabellapolder
  • Monitoring insect densities in beetle banks and other biotopes (weekly)
  • Monitoring of partridge clutches (breeding success)
  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

September

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Monitoring of partridge clutches (breeding success)

October

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

November

  • Volonteers assist in habitat management (e.g. trimming of hedges) in PARTRIDGE demo areas during national nature management day
  • Project team meeting in Loddington, United Kingdom
  • First Progress Report & Financial Report uploaded to Intereg
  • Monitoring partridge coveys for clutch size and brood success

December

  • Skype project meeting, monthly progress reports

UK

The Allerton Project

February

• Discussions with farmers in the comparison site
• Project meeting with staff
• Planning habitat creation and management
• Preparing for hare and grey partridge counts
• Hare counts

March

• Hare counts
• Grey partridge counts
• Planning habitat creation and management

April

• Preparing for songbird count
• Farmland bird surveys start
• Habitat creation and management

June

November

  • PARTRIDGE Partnership and Steering Committee meeting at Loddington demo site (13-15 November)

Balgonie Demonstration Site

February

  • Start counting grey partridge using 'playback method'

March

  • Start of ‘traditional’ grey partridge counting
  • Catching and radio-tagging grey partridge
  • New plantings of hedges
  • PARTRIDGE project introduced to Biodiversity and Sustainability in World Agriculture students
  • 20 feeding hoppers deployed

Inside feeding hopper

April

  • Complete grey partridge counts
  • Balgonie Trust board meeting with PARTRIDGE update provided
  • Farm meeting to discuss management plan implementation
  • Meeting with Jenny Johnson of Scottish Natural Heritage to discuss PARTRIDGE project
  • Songbird surveys start
  • Farmland bird surveys start

May

July

August

  • Farm management meeting - Dave Parish & Fiona Torrance will attend an open day hosted by Scottish Agronomy, who run crop trials at Balgonie Estate, to publicise the PARTRIDGE project. Attended by cereal growers from across Scotland.
  • Habitat mapping (and at reference site) continued

September

  • Habitat mapping continues
  • The first GP brood counts take place: after a less than ideal summer, we have our fingers crossed!
  • GWCT staff visit the site for a project update

Rotherfield Demonstration Site

February

  • Hare and grey partridge transect counts with volunteers and GWCT staff
  • Winter bird count
  • Hedgerow and pond management (by Rotherfield farms and South Downs National Park volunteers), one week

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  • Permanent lapwing plot prepared for approaching breeding season (farm staff)
  • Meeting with Harold Makant, Natural England to discuss PARTRIDGE project at Rotherfield
  • Meeting with Rotherfield estate manager to discuss grey partridge habitat management for 2017
  • Meeting with Debbie Miller (FWAG) and Rob Nicholls (South Downs National Park) on how to proceed with new agri-environment application for 200ha of the 500ha demo site (300 ha already in Higher Level Scheme)

Team at Rotherfield

The South Downs National Park volunteers after clearing shrub around overgrown pond

March

  • Grey partridge transect counts
  • One third of existing wild bird seed strips and plots managed (based on rotational management plan)
  • Plots for new PARTRIDGE wild bird seed mixes prepared
  • Grey partridge high quality winter habitat mapped

April

  • Grey partridge spring pair counts
  • Field visit of Scottish demonstration site farmers and owners together with Loddington demo site team to Rotherfield
  • Start of songbird breeding counts
  • Farmland bird surveys start
  • New Partridge habitat establishment for 2017 season discussed with Rotherfield farms and Oakbank (seed supplier and advisor)

May

June

  • PARTRIDGE partnership visit to Arundel Grey partridge conservation project, Sussex
  • PARTRIDGE partnership demo site visit
  • LTO Netherland farm visit
  • NFU/EHDC farm walk

July

  • Cropping plan for 2018 discussed and agreed with Rotherfield farm management
  • Habitat surveys
  • Farm walk for Danish students from the Wildlife Management School of the Danish Hunters Association, co-organised by Sparsholt College, England
  • Open day hosted by Oakbank Game & Conservation
  • Farm walk for students and lecturers of Danish Hunters Association School of Wildlife Management

August

  • Farm walk for US gamebird researchers (Tall Timbers Research Station and University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources)

September

October

  • Farmer cluster meeting

 

 

November

  • Farm walk for staff of Natural England

Whitburgh Demonstration Site

February

  • Start counting grey partridge using 'playback method'

March

  • Start of ‘traditional’ grey partridge counting
  • Catching and radio-tagging grey partridge
  • Grey partridge 'playback' counting completed

April

  • Farm meeting to discuss management plan implementation
  • Farmland bird surveys start

May

June

  • Breeding bird surveys continued this month

July

  • Meeting with Farm team to discuss management plans
  • Breeding bird surveys will finish on schedule this month
  • Habitat mapping across the site will continue

August

  • Much of August was spent trying to improve plans for habitat implementation in 2018 to ensure the site reaches its 7% of GP habitats.
  • Habitat mapping (here and at the reference site) continued.

September

  • Visit from Scottish Government advisor, Prof Russel Griggs
  • Habitat mapping has continued
  • The first GP brood counts got underway (and at the reference site). There have been concerns about productivity as the weather has not been ideal, so this will be very important

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