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Conservation over a pint!

[Monday 13 February 2006]

Farmers and landowners across North Yorkshire are being invited to learn more about what they can do to protect one of the countryside's most rapidly declining birds - and they can enjoy a nice pint in the process.

The 'Partridge and a Pint Evening' for farmers and estate owners and managers in North and East Yorkshire is organised by the Game Conservancy Trust, one of Britain's leading wildlife charities.

The event will focus on the special management requirements of Grey Partridges, including many of the techniques developed by the Trust to enhance the land for Partridges.

Farmers are now being paid to create special habitats for farmland birds such as the Grey Partridge and Trust advisors will be on hand to discuss the funding options available through the Government's new agri-environment schemes.

Mike McKendry, the Trust's north of England advisor is optimistic about the future of the birds in the region, saying; "Some areas in North and East Yorkshire could potentially hold a very high number of Grey Partridges".

Adding; "we are therefore keen to get as many people to our seminar as possible so that they can get involved in our campaign to save this iconic bird".

The seminar will take place on the evening of Tuesday 21st February at the Stone Trough Inn at Whitwell on the Hill, North Yorkshire.

Tickets to attend the 'Partridge and a Pint Evening' cost £10 per person and are available from Lynda Ferguson at the Game Conservancy Trust on 01425 652381.

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