This is the website of the LIFE Nature Project:
"Urgent Conservation Management for Scottish
This was a partnership project and aimed to halt the
decline of Scottish Capercaillie and improve their breeding success.
During the 1980's and 1990's there was a dramatic decline in the number of Capercaillie in Scotland. This has continued into the 21st Century and at their lowest Capercaillie numbers dropped below 1000
birds. This project aimed at reducing mortality and improving the breeding success of the Scottish Capercaillie thus reversing the decline in numbers.
There are many reasons for the decline in Capercaillie
in Scotland, this project attempted to deal with those identified as
being most prominent. There are other factors, such as climate change, which are expected to have an affect on the success of Capercaillie
but that are out with our influence and the remit of the project. Through the
work of this project we would hope to improve and expand the areas of good capercaillie habitat as well as
improving peoples understanding of this special bird and how their actions,
or inaction, can effect Capercaillie.
The outline target is to achieve a population of over 5000 birds, by 2010. This will give a far more sustainable and robust population, which will be in a better position to cope with external influences than the fragile population which exists at present.
Whether or not this target is reached, the project has undoubtedly
had a significant impact both quality & availability of capercaillie
habitat and in enabling sharing of knowledge and experience of
managing forests for capercaillie.