Published in support of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for black grouse

Ecology

Black grouse need a fine-scale mosaic of habitats, where relatively small areas of woodland, moorland and grassland/meadow meet. Sadly, they have not coped well with many of the changes in the countryside during the last 50 years across much of Europe, as land management has become more efficient and intensive.

As timber and agricultural policies have encouraged greater production, so the pockets of such mixed habitats have decreased, and with them the number of black grouse. Scientists are still working to understand what black grouse need to thrive, and now know enough to address at least some of the problems.

Black grouse ecology