Barbary Partridge Chicks Run Over

The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS) has expressed its grave concern following separate incidents in which two Barbary Partridge chicks were run over on Engineer Road this week.

At this time of the year, parent birds are regularly seen leading their chicks along paths, often crossing the road.

There has been a welcome increase in the Barbary Partridge population, following a joint captive breeding project between GONHS and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change (DEHCC).

GONHS calls on motorists to drive with care through the Nature Reserve, especially during this period. A reduction in speed and greater patience should eliminate such regrettable incidents entirely.

We also ask that the DEHCC consider introducing measures to reduce speeds within the Upper Rock road network, where other wildlife such as our Barbary Macaques are also at risk of being killed.

The Barbary Partridge is considered Gibraltar’s “national bird” and is listed under Schedule 3 of the Nature Protection Act, which provides the highest level of protection under the Act.

It is is depicted on the GONHS logo as Gibraltar’s flagship bird species.

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