The iconic Black Grouse has declined rapidly in recent times and is now classified as a red-listed species; this means that urgent conservation measures are needed to halt further decline. A reduction in both numbers and the range of the bird is attributed to habitat loss and over-grazing and there is already a wealth of project work underway to re-establish Black Grouse habitat across Scotland.
The Black Grouse project, which falls under the project theme of ‘restore’, aims to extend black grouse habitat within the Callander landscape. The project builds on an existing partnership by six farms and estates working collaboratively to look after black grouse over an 8,000 hectare area from Callander to Loch Earn as part of the National Park Authority’s Wild Park biodiversity programme.
Aims & Objectives
This project will:
- Establish a native low density broadleaf woodland, creating a habitat suitable for black grouse
- Support black grouse feeding through a variety of habitat types and vegetation
- Monitor numbers and seek to secure a healthier population of black grouse in the area
- Work by Drumardoch Estate to plant native broadleaf woodland began in 2018
- Capital works around the project were completed in March 2019 (you can see the works complete in the drone footage below)
- A monitoring programme is now being arranged to measure how successful these works have been to help support our feathery friends
Drone footage of the works at Drumardoch Estate (© RTS Forestry) Top image © Andy Hay RSPB