His Excellency President Michael D Higgins & his wife Sabina visit the Grey Partridge conservation project stand at the National Ploughing Championships.

 It all started in 1995 when as Minister for Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht, Michael D Higgins introduced legislation to legally protect Ireland’s native grey partridge.

21 years later, as President of Ireland he re-visits the NPWS – Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust stand.


GLAS Grey Partridge to open again in mid-October

The Department of Agriculture have confirmed that the third phase of GLAS will open in mid-October with the expectation that more than 50,000 farmers would be in the deptargilogoscheme from January 1st next.

This will be the last opportunity for farmers and landowners to avail of the grey partridge measure in the forthcoming GLAS Tranche 3. Farmers and landowners who adopt the grey partridge measure will be guaranteed entry into TIER 1.

This measure is straight forward to establish, fits into the existing farm management and guarantees a steady income over the duration of the GLAS.

Farmers can claim up to €7,000 per year. So it also pays very well to implement.

Trust announces the winners of the Children’s Colouring Competition, which was held recently at Dublin Zoo’s Green Fest.

The winners of our Children’s Colouring Competition, which was held recently at Dublin Zoo’s Green Fest have been announced.

For the winners to claim their prize, they can contact info@greypartridge.ie.

The closing date by which they have to claim their prizes is  Monday the 23rd of May 2016.

The winners are:

Winner: Sarah Mc Carthy – Age 6
Second: Kayla Flood – Age 11
Third: Caoilfhionn O Reilly – Age 4

108 Farmers’ Sign Up For GLAS Grey Partridge Tranche 2

108 farmers’ sign up for GLAS grey partridge Tranche 2 – an economic boost for the farmers and an ecological Boon for other farmland birds.

The latest figures from the Department of Agriculture indicate that 108 farmers have committed to undertake action for the grey partridge on approximately 181 parcels of land. What does this mean – 100,000 m (100km) or 61.3 miles of a 12 meter wide linear edge, containing nesting and brood-rearing and over-winter habitats for the grey partridge will be delivered. This is a significant achievement.

Photo Malcolm Brockless G&WCT
Photo Malcolm Brockless G&WCT

The Trust would like to acknowledge the input and support of the Department of Agriculture Food & Marine, the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Bird Watch Ireland & Michael Marytn. It’s worth remembering that a farmer who enters the grey partridge GLAS scheme can get his/her full €7,000 per year if they commit to and undertake sufficient lengths of Grey Partridge margin.

Tranche 3 of GLAS will be an opportunity to avail of the grey partridge measure

For further information contact


Demonstration of GLAS Grey Partridge

To see what it looks like – a demonstration of the GLAS grey partridge measure is on display at the NPWS grey partridge conservation project in Boora, Co. Offaly.

Photo: Michael Marytn
Photo: Michael Marytn


Grey Partridge Enthusiast is Wildlife Farmer of the Year

Mr. David Sandford from County Down received the major Agriculture award at an event in Northern Ireland. David has worked with the support of the Trust, the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Department of Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust UK. Wildlife Farmer of the Year award is sponsored by RSPB received the highest number of entries of all the categories.
David Sandford

For more details go to http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/409190-down-farmer-crowned-wildlife-champion?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=News



GLAS Grey Partridge – Trache 2 Announced

The Department of Agriculture have just launched TRANCHE 2 of the new GLAS Agri-environmental scheme for the grey partridge.

This latest version makes it easier for farmers and or land-owners to sign-up for the scheme.

For further information, go to the links below.

Or email the Trust info@greypartridge.ie




(The above documents are hosted by the Department of Agriculture)