Project Partners




PROJECT PARTNERS




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:

  • Capercaillie population monitoring on all project sites
  • Over 1,000 hectares of habitat improved for chicks
  • 250 hectares of new chick habitat created
  • Capercaillie friendly management in over 1,400 hectares of plantations
  • Predation reduced over 34,000 hectares of forest
  • 12 kilometres of deer fencing taken down to stop Capercaillie collisions
  • 22 kilometres of deer fencing marked to reduce Capercaillie collisions

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



Beneficiary:
Highland Birchwoods
Littleburn Road
Munlochy
SCOTLAND

Partners:

  • Highland Birchwoods
  • Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Forest Enterprise Scotland
  • Forest Research
  • Scottish Executive
  • Cairngorms National Park Authority
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Private landowners


Contact:

Project Manager
Jamie Dunsmore
Highland Birchwoods
Littleburn Road
Munlochy
SCOTLAND
IV8 8NN
Tel: (+44) 1463 811606
e-mail: jamie.dunsmore@highlandbirchwoods.co.uk

Scottish Capercaillie Project Officer
Kenny Kortland
RSPB Scotland
Etive House
Beechwood Park
Inverness
SCOTLAND
IV2 3BW
Tel: (+44) 1463 715000
e-mail: kenny.kortland@RSPB.co.uk

Website: http://www.capercaillie-life.info