Black grouse numbers on the rise in Scotland

Black grouse numbers on the rise in Scotland

The number of black grouse in Scotland has risen, according to new figures. Surveys of traditional ‘lek’ sites across black grouse strongholds of Dumfries and Galloway, Deeside and Speyside, revealed a rise in numbers on the previous year – an encouraging sign for this scarce bird which is red listed as a species of high conservation concern.

The results could imply that a combination of factors including major woodland initiatives and conservation efforts, boosted by a good breeding season in 2010, may be beginning to pay off.

Black grouse numbers on the rise in Scotland
The Black Grouse or Blackgame (Tetrao tetrix) is a large game bird in the grouse family. It is a sedentary species, breeding across northern Eurasia in moorland – Image by Eugenijus Kavaliauskas

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