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

Regional Projects

A sustainable population of black grouse in Britain will probably only be achievable through major policy changes, which enable landowners and managers to manage their land to help black grouse and other wildlife. In practice, work on the ground is organised on a regional basis, using the best available research to deliver habitat management. Ideally, collaborative work will take place across several adjacent landholdings.

Project officers and advisory officers, usually funded by a partnership of government and voluntary organisations, work with farmers, foresters, estate managers and gamekeepers to employ a variety of measures to safeguard and create vital habitat, often helping to find funding. Working with local people, project officers also monitor the fortunes of black grouse, to see how they respond to the changes in management.

These regional projects are testing the mix of management measures, both to secure regional populations and to inform future land management policies. There is ongoing partnership work in each country. As well as advice and assistance in finding grants, project officers organise training events for land managers and advisers who want to help black grouse.

For more information about these projects, training courses and workshops, follow the links to the left. In addition, there are other advisers for the different countries. Black grouse is a priority species for conservation action in various national strategies. Click here for contact details.

In Scotland, these include the Species Action Framework (Scottish Natural Heritage) and the Scottish Forestry Strategy (Forestry Commission Scotland). Funding for black grouse management work is available through government agri-environment schemes. The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) contains a dedicated package of measures designed to benefit black grouse. Until 2012, funding may also be available through Species Action Framework. In some parts of Scotland, black grouse study groups coordinate volunteers to locate and count leks. Click here for contact details.

England and Wales information to be included.