Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 

  

Key facts 

  • Although native to south-central Europe and southeast Asia, pheasants were first recorded in the UK in medieval times 
  • Pheasants are protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. 

  

How to spot them 

  • Their feather colourings can vary from a soft green, brown or orange to a more exotic tint of pink and purple 
  • A pheasant’s body length can measure anything from 53cm to 89cm, but their long tails can measure up to 20cm for females and an impressive 50cm for males 
  • You are likely to find them grazing on anything from seeds to small mammals. 

  

Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) 

Key facts 

  • Commonly known as the French partridge, the red-legged partridge is native to south-west Europe but were first recorded in the UK in 1770 
  • The red-legged partridge is protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

  

How to spot them 

  • They have a distinctive large white chin and throat patch surrounded by a black border with very pink or red coloured legs - hence the name ‘red-legged’ partridge 
  • The red-legged partridge can measure from 32 to 34cm and weighs about as much as a half a bag of sugar (500g) 
  • If you enjoy walking through woodlands, grasslands or heathlands you may be lucky enough to see one foraging for seeds and roots. 

  

 

Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus) 

Key facts 

  • Whilst the red grouse is a bird native to the UK, it is more commonly spotted in the north of England and Scotland 
  • The red grouse has a UK conservation status of Amber, meaning it is of ‘Conservation Concern’ to the RSPB 
  • During breeding time in February and March, male red grouse can be heard across moorland, making their distinctive call ‘Go back! Go back! Go back!’ 

  

How to spot them 

  • Aptly named the red grouse, the hue of red and brown feathers gives it a warm appearance 
  • Considered a medium sized bird, its length can vary between 37cm and 42cm with an extraordinary wingspan of 55cm to 66cm – impressive considering its petite body 
  • You can expect to see the red grouse feeding exclusively on heather which is a low growing evergreen shrub typically found on upland expanses of land. 

  

It’s saddening to think that every one of these majestic species are shot in their thousands for entertainment, every year. Please consider taking action to protect the pheasant, red-legged partridge and red grouse. Write to your MP to oppose shooting today: 

  

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