A stronghold and genetic lifeline for the capercaillie population in Strathspey.


Deeside is home to an extremely vulnerable capercaillie population. Although low in number, the birds are a genetic lifeline to the larger Strathspey population. Work with communities in Deeside is therefore an essential part of building a future for capercaillie in the UK.

The project currently has no plans in place related to Deeside. Instead, it’s working with a ‘blank sheet of paper’ and simply wants to listen to people’s views about capercaillie conservation in the area in order to inform next steps.


Listening sessions conducted by an objective third party have been held with 30 key people connected to the area, including landowners and landmanagers, businesses related to tourism and recreation, and representatives from interest groups including field sports and mountain biking.

The views shared in the listening sessions are summarised here. Some of the views were shared by many; others by only a few. The majority views have been used to create an online survey for Deeside residents and visitors to complete.

The views of at least 385 residents and visitors will be gathered via the survey to ensure a 95% confidence level in the results. The results will then be used to identify how widespread the views are that were heard in the initial listening sessions and the degrees of consensus that exist. This information will enable the project to plan next steps and ensure that any action facilitated in Deeside is based on how the majority of people feel.

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Running until the end of December, we're asking Deeside residents and visitors to share their views via the short survey below, so we can explore the views held in the wider community. From whether you feel we should protect capercaillie, to the actions that could help, we want to hear the views of as many Deeside residents and visitors as possible.

Survey for Deeside residents and visitors


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