Habitat Management for Wild Game

Habitat is one of the most important aspectst of wild game management.The relationship between habitat quality and the breeding productivity of wild game birds is well documented. Many breeding attempts are thwarted by poor quailty nesting and brood rearing habitat, which then results in low insect abundance for chicks.

Poor quality habitat also leads to increased levels of predation at the nest. The target for wild game bird management is maintaining a Chick SurvivalRate(CSR) at or above 32%. Below this level the population will decline.

The 3 components of the habitat for wild game are as follows:

  • Nesting cover(Cocksfoot and other tussock forming grasses)
  • Provision of insect rich chick rearing habitat (Kale based brood rearing mix)
  • Provision of over winter food and cover (Winter hardy Kale)

These habitats should be sown separately or in 2 or 3 metre strips adjacent to one another which reduces the need for broods of chicks to travel, which in turn reduces chick predation.