SE2078 : Hen pheasant, Warrener Wood

taken 7 years ago, near to Ilton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Hen pheasant, Warrener Wood
Hen pheasant, Warrener Wood
Among the most savoury of game birds, pheasants provide sport by flying strongly and directly over guns. When otherwise disturbed, they tend to run away rather than fly. Rearing and protecting them, organising shoots has become a major rural industry.

Pheasants, first recorded in England in 1059, are now widespread throughout Britain and Ireland. One theory is that they were introduced by the Romans from Asia. The common pheasant derives from the Chinese ring-necked, black-necked and Mongolian breeds, and accordingly varies in plumage. This has produced two forms - those with a white neck-ring and those without.

Pheasants are ground dwelling birds, vulnerable to foxes, stoats, weasels and other predators. Due to the efforts of gamekeepers, who also supply winter feeding, pheasants survive in larger numbers than would be possible if they were left to fend for themselves.

The pheasant shooting season starts on October 1st, but in practice very few pheasants are shot before the end of October and indeed the size and quality can be poor during that month. The glut of birds tends to start about two weeks into November.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 6 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 9 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Boundary, Barrier  Sport, Leisure  Woodland, Forest 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2024 7823 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:11.9657N 1:41.4749W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 2024 7822
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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