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

Welcome...

The sight and sound of black grouse in the hills are an experience that, once witnessed, is rarely forgotten. Whether you're a farmer, forester, gamekeeper, landowner or birdwatcher, we hope that this website will provide the information you need to ensure that experience remains for future generations.


In Focus:

  • Strategic Approach - the agreed strategy for black grouse conservation in England, supported by the EBAP group - Sep 2011 (pdf 756k)
  • Conserving the black grouse - a practical guide from Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (pdf 235k)
  • Grouse News 38 - the November 2009 issue of the newsletter from the Grouse Specialist Group (pdf 2154k)
  • Grouse News 37 - the May 2009 issue of the newsletter from the Grouse Specialist Group (pdf 892k)
  • Grouse News 36 - the November 2008 issue of the newsletter from the Grouse Specialist Group (pdf 697k)

For more back issues of Grouse News - click here

Black grouse is one of the most rapidly declining birds in the UK. Once widespread across Britain, there has been a serious decline in numbers over recent decades and populations have become fragmented. It is now mostly confined to parts of the Scottish uplands, with a few surviving strongholds in areas of Wales and the North of England. Black grouse is a high priority species for action by conservation organisations and the UK government, and is on the red list of Birds of conservation concern: 2002-2007.

Many landowners, managers and organisations want to reverse this decline and are working together in support of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan for black grouse. This website is designed for anyone who wants to learn about and help this special bird.