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

Management and Grants

Black grouse occupy a broad range of habitats, from native woodland to moorland edges, though the relative importance of each habitat to black grouse varies regionally. Management prescriptions can be targeted to provide for the needs of black grouse at each stage of the bird's life cycle, to improve breeding success or adult survival, for example. Knowledge of the problems facing black grouse varies between regions, being greatest in those areas where Recovery Projects are underway, with regular monitoring.

The position of the lek is the best place to start when targeting habitat management for black grouse. Most females will nest within 1.5 kilometres (about 1 mile) of the lek, so identify the land with a 1.5 km radius.

Grants are available to help with many of the management actions, both for capital works (which tend to cover up to 75% of the costs) and ongoing management (which tend to be based on a profit foregone basis). They are not intended to be more profitable than an income from production, but aim to cover any shortfall through managing extensively. The principal exception is management on Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), funded by statutory conservation agencies. Most management agreements are for a period of 10 years, and there are differences between schemes that operate in England, Scotland and Wales.

For information on ways to manage land to help black grouse, and find out about the grants available, follow the links below. In most instances, the schemes and grants are country specific; so click on the relevant link to you.

Management guidance