Mr Needham’s passion for grey partridges has been embraced by his local Kings advisor Meehal Grint. Having worked together for several years, Meehal has been instrumental in providing dedicated advice on selecting the right mixtures and their ongoing management across a range of options, including nectar flower, floristically enhanced margins, wild bird seed mixtures and buffer strips.
An extensive network of wild bird seed mixtures has been created as a result of Mr Needham’s hard work, with at least half of the eight hectares planted retained for a second year. Meehal’s support has enabled the mixtures to be developed against an agreed agronomy plan, ensuring the crops get off to the best possible start. Having such a system provides a network of nesting and brood rearing cover around the farm and has benefitted many species, including the grey partridge. Mr Needham comments “My main aim has and continues to be to show that profitable farming, country sports and conservation can go hand in hand. Our small farmland birds have increased in the region of five fold, with lapwing and skylark increases particularly notable.”