Tag Archives: capercaillie

What goes clatter, clatter, click, click, pop, pop in the woods?

The capercaillie lekking season is upon us. Capercaillie Project Officer, Gareth Marshall gives us an insight into these extraordinary birds. Deep in the pre-dawn darkness of a spring-time pine forest, something is stirring. It’s still too dark to make out … Continue reading

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Capercaillie counting

Our guest blogger today is Sarah West.  Sarah is the Capercaillie Project Assistant,  joint-funded by RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland.  Here she gives us a brief insight to the fifth national survey of this elusive bird; an … Continue reading

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The changing nature of our climate

Imagine if you could no longer find your favourite bird on the wetland in winter, or if trees were dying in your local wood for lack of water in summer. What if the fish in our rivers changed, and salmon … Continue reading

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The capercaillie

The capercaillie is the world’s largest grouse which, in Scotland, lives in open mature pinewoods. One of our most elusive birds it probably became extinct in Britain in the mid-18th century, largely due to the destruction of native woodland habitat.  … Continue reading

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Cairngorms Nature

Cairngorms Nature is now a well-established partnership delivering an ambitious agenda for nature conservation in the Cairngorms. It brings together several organisations and engages a wide range of people with nature. Charlotte Milburn, of the Cairngorms National Park,  outlines what … Continue reading

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Natural bookshelf

Tweet of the Day was a hugely popular BBC Radio 4 production that went out just before 6am each morning. In a brief 90-second programme the essence of a different bird was captured in song and narration. Listeners would hear … Continue reading

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Youth hostels and nature

You can enjoy some of Scotland’s favourite species and habitats from the network of Scottish youth hostels dotted around the country. With accommodation to suit all tastes, there is something for everyone. The editor of SYHA’s Hosteller magazine, Jane Mackie, … Continue reading

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