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

Seeing black grouse

In the breeding season (March to mid-July), black grouse are mainly found in areas of upland moorland and hill farms, and in Scotland and Wales, near forestry plantations. In winter, they utilise a similar habitat but may move closer to woodland and scrub for protection and food, as well as to avoid snow cover.

There are several initiatives planned to enable birdwatchers to watch black grouse without causing disturbance to the birds. This page will bring you more news about these opportunities as they are announced.

In the meantime, the Eurobirding website contains details of the general areas that black grouse occur across Europe. Please remember to follow the code of conduct as disturbance can affect their breeding success.

Please note that the UK black grouse website is not responsible for the content of external websites.