Red Grouse Survey 2006-08

Male Red Grouse.  Mike Brown 


A two-year national survey of Red Grouse in the Republic of Ireland was completed in April 2008. This national Red Grouse Survey was the first systematic survey of Red Grouse in the Republic of Ireland.  A similar study in Northern Ireland in 2004, recorded just 202 breeding pairs.  A wide range of stakeholder groups with interests in both red grouse conservation and their habitats (peatlands including raised bog, blanket bog and heath) participated on the Project Steering Group and were involved in the planning and design stages of the survey. 


A big thank you to all those that took part in the survey!  


For summary findings please click here


If you would like to view the full report, which has been published as an Irish Wildlife Manual,  please click on the following link to the NPWS website where you can download the full report.


The importance of a national Red Grouse Survey was recognised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government who contracted BirdWatch Ireland to manage the survey.



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