Shooting Times & Country

The great grey debate

AS PERDIX PERDIX IS one of my favourite birds, I have been following with interest the discussions as to whether we should call it t he English partridge or the grey partridge (Letters, 14 and 28 October).

Having had the good fortune to have encountered these delightful little birds in many different countries, I have to support the latter. They have declined widely throughout much of their vast European range in recent decades, but one area where they still thrive is on the expansive cereal-growing plains, but the — the grey partridge.

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