NatureScot Commissioned Report 741: Black grouse conservation in southern Scotland
Black grouse in southern Scotland have declined in both numbers and range, making it a priority area for conservation action. To effectively conserve black grouse in southern Scotland information on how the scale and quality of moorland habitats influences black grouse numbers and distribution are required. This report explores long term trends in black grouse numbers from shooting bag records. It also assesses habitat composition within lek ranges of occupied leks and assesses the effect of habitat variables and moorland management on lek size. Similarly, it explores temporal changes from a sample of sites surveyed between 1989-99 and again 2006-12 and considers how scale and management of moorland habitat patches influence occupancy.
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