Twenty years ago the grouse population in the area had fallen and the owner of the Cardney Estate, David B. Hendry had the foresight to introduce partridge to the hill. These have replaced the grouse bringing new sporting opportunities to the hill.
The partridges at Cardney are in fact driven as simulated grouse providing some very exciting and varied sport. With sixteen partridge drives over very varied topography the Cardney shoot is very difficult to replicate. A day is usually very varied with some drives being driven over heathery banks with very short horizons and others being driven from high rocky outcrops. Our most famous high drives are North Spooky and Spooky Valley, often photographed and written about in the sporting press. Truly a day to remember.
Pheasant and partridge are driven from varied mature ancient oak woodlands, mixed Larch and Spruce plantations and heathery banks of ancient Caledonian firs. We ensure very challenging sport over diverse terrain with a few drives consisting of pheasant, partridge and duck, both reared and wild. Drives are very diverse through the day there are drives to match and indeed out match most sportsmen.