A Guide to Game Birds

Every breed of game bird is different and deserving of our full respect

An expert guide by Jonathan Young, Editor of The Field. Click on each one for further detail.

THE RED GROUSE

(Lagopus lagopus scotIca)

Season: Aug 12 – Dec 10

THE PHEASANT

(Phasianus colchicus)

Season: Oct 1 to Feb 1

 

THE GREY PARTRIDGE

(Perdix perdix)

Season:  Sept 1 – Feb 1

THE RED-LEGGED PARTRIDGE

(Alectoris rufa)

Season:  Sept 1 – Feb 1

THE WOODCOCK

(Scolopax rusticola)

Season: Oct 1- Jan 1, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Sept 1 – Jan 31, Scotland 

 

THE COMMON SNIPE

(Gallinago gallinago)

Season: Aug 12-Jan 31

THE MALLARD

(Anas platyrhynchos) 

Season: Sept 1 – Jan 31 inland, Sept 1 – Feb 20 below highwater mark

TEAL

(Anas crecca)

Season: Sept 1 – Jan 31 inland, Sept 1 – Feb 20 below highwater mark

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