URGEND CONSERVATION MANAGMENT FOR SCOTTISH CAPERCAILLIE / SCOTTLAND
The projects geographical range spans from as far north as Morangie SPA, north of Inverness, to its most southerly sites, on the islands of Loch Lomond. Through the project, work is being carried out across 8 SPA’s, with 3 additional SPA’s having been proposed since the outset of the project. All of the sites that are involved are key sites in the continued survival of the Scottish Capercaillie.
Capercaillie numbers in Scotland have been declining rapidly in recent years, from over 20,000 birds in the 1970’s to fewer than 1,000 birds at the end of the 1990’s. The overlying aim of the project is to halt the decline in numbers and improve the breeding success of Scottish Capercaillie. A survey of the Scottish Capercaillie population is carried out every five years; the survey carried out in 2004 as well as the annual Capercaillie population monitoring carried out through the project show, a definite increase in Capercaillie numbers since the project began.
During the five years the project aims to achieve:
The project benefits from the collaboration of over 25 individual private forest owners, many of whom are already experienced in managing their forests in sympathy with the needs of Capercaillie. Work is being carried out on these private estates, in Forestry Commission woods and on two RSPB nature reserves. Partnership members are working with both public and private owners to develop co-ordinated work programmes, with financial support for the work being provided by The Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the European Commission’s LIFE Nature Programme.
Commission reference: LIFE02 NAT / UK / 8541
Duration: 01 Feb 2002 to 31 Jan 2007
Scottish Capercaillie Project Officer