Helping more people to build a future for capercaillie in Scotland.

The Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is where communities in the Cairngorms National Park are working together to help secure a long-term future for capercaillie in the UK.

Community-led action for capercaillie

Working together to overcome challenges and create new solutions for capercaillie.

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The Project

Enabling community-led action for capercaillie across the Cairngorms National Park.

Capercaillie

Capercaillie

An iconic bird, living in our pine forests since the last Ice Age; now on the brink of extinction.

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Communities

Residents, businesses, visitors, mountain bikers, landmanagers – all playing a critical part.

Get involved

Get involved

Lots to do and lots of ways to help – on the ground and online.

The wildlife in the Cairngorms National Park is outstanding. It is the last remaining stronghold for many rare and endangered species, including the capercaillie.

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Latest news

Find out what’s going on and what’s coming up. Read the latest news from across the project.

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Monitoring fences for capercaillie: A volunteer’s story

Hear from Colin, one of our Fence Monitoring Volunteers, about his experience so far.

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Meet Operational Management Team member Neil Wilson

A member of the project’s Operational Management Team and co-founder of his local Trail Association, Neil talks mountain biking and capercaillie…

Capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus, female perched in pine tree near lek at sunrise, April

National survey results reveal UK capercaillie numbers are critically low

The latest national survey reveals a 51% decline in capercaillie numbers since 2016. Find out what’s being done to help.