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Pheasant survey

DepartmentInfrastructure and Environment
Start date09/02/2016
End date29/04/2016
Type of consultationOther
Deadline for comments29/04/2016

About the consultation

​The Department of the Environment is carrying out a survey of Jersey’s pheasants to find out more about the birds and understand their impact on local agriculture and wildlife.

The aim of the project is to find out:

  • where pheasants live in Jersey
  • what the population size is 
  • their local impact, including their effect on farmland
  • the scale of their impact on native invertebrates and other local wildlife, eg lizards and toads

A student from the University of Kent is working with the department and the Jersey Biodiversity Centre, along with local volunteers, on a one-year project. 

The project’s findings will be used to help the department decide how pheasants should be managed in the future and what their legal status should be.​

About pheasants in Jersey​

Pheasants are not native to Jersey and were first introduced in the 1800s, but didn't successfully breed at the time. 

Other attempts to start a population were made in the 1950s when they started to breed in the wild in small numbers. 

By the 1980s, due to captive breeding and further introductions, pheasants grew in numbers and are now common in Jersey’s countryside. 

How to submit comments to the consultation

You can complete an online questionnaire or report sightings of pheasants to the Jersey Biodiversity Centre.

Dead pheasants should be reported to Charmaine Rice. 

Complete online pheasant survey

Report a pheasant sighting on the Jersey Biodiversity Centre website

Email Charmaine Rice​​

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