This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
The Red-legged Partridge (Perdix rubra) is common in some parts of England, especially in Norfolk and neighbouring counties, having been introduced into Suffolk by the Marquis of Hertford and Lord Rendlesham from the continent, where it is common, being found in France, Southern Europe generally, and in Guernsey and Jersey. It inhabits heathy places chiefly, but otherwise closely resembles the common partridge in its habits. The flesh is of a less succulent and tender character than that of the common partridge.
Partridges are far less destructive to farm crops than pheasants, it being a moot question whether they do more good by devouring insects and weed seeds than harm by feeding on grasses, clover, etc. Proclivities for feeding upon grain are no doubt induced by over-preservation, but this feeding is chiefly on stubbles; and though resort may be had to pheasant "feeds," even farmyards and gardens in prolonged severe weather, partridges interfere but little with small holdings, allotments, market gardens, fruit plantations, orchards, and private gardens, these being too much frequented by men to favour partridges.