A RESEARCH project on Midlothian farmland is helping arrest the decline in ground-nesting birds.
Scientists are monitoring the welfare and habitat of the grey partridge at Whitburgh Farms at Pathhead to help boost bird numbers and learn more about biodiversity and conservation.
The Scottish Grey Partridge Project was launched last week by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).
Grey partridge numbers declined by 91 per cent between 1967 and 2009, because of a lack of food insects for hatched chicks, predation and shortages in winter food availability.
This decline is a matter of concern because grey partridge is regarded as an “umbrella species”.
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