Woodland Trust Scotland claims that numbers of rare black grouse are rising in restored woodland areas.
Estates such as Glen Finglas in the Trossachs has seen a promising increase in the bird, a trend that can be traced as far back as 2009. The success is credited to the restoration effort to reclaim the Great Trossachs Forest. Black grouse numbers have almost doubled in this time, and estate ranger Euan Hills said: “We’re half way through this year’s count on the estate but so far the numbers recorded are promising.”
Doug Shapley, RSPB Scotland, said: “The black grouse is an iconic species, often found in our wildest places. But it is also a very good indicator of how our woodlands are doing and how moorland habitats are performing too.”