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


Reintroductions can be an important conservation tool, and have been used in the UK to restore several plants and birds to their place in the countryside. However, reintroduction is not always appropriate and will only be effective if it the problems that caused extinction are resolved first. To date, no black grouse reintroductions in Europe have been sustained in the long term.

The priority of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan is to prevent further decline in numbers and range of existing populations. The UK BAP group has developed guidelines on reintroducing black grouse, which are published here (Reintroduction position statement - UK version - word document). These are based on the international guidelines devised by IUCN - World Conservation Union, which have been adopted as the standard of good practice across the world.