Create more habitat for capercaillie

Apply for a grant of up to £5000 to improve and create more habitat for capercaillie in the Cairngorms National Park

  • 1 Do you manage land in the Cairngorms National Park?
  • 2 Are there some quick wins for capercaillie on that land?
  • 3 Could you achieve them by July 2023 with up to £5,000 and some advice and support?

Capercaillie Habitat Grant Scheme

The grant scheme is designed with small landowners in mind, and landowners and managers who want to undertake locally relevant actions to help capercaillie that are not funded through other schemes.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help cover the cost of machinery, equipment, materials and contractors required to deliver the following actions for capercaillie:

Habitat expansion

  • Restructuring woodlands, e.g. removing non-natives
  • Controlling invasive species, e.g. braken, to improve the field layer
  • Blocking man-made drains with coir to restore forest bogs
  • Providing grit piles and exposing bare ground

Reduce disturbance

  • Creating brash piles and natural screening along tracks

Reduce mortalities

  • Marking fences over 1km from an active lek
  • Maintaining fence marking
  • Controlling foxes and crows over 1.5km from an active lek

If there are other potential actions to help capercaillie on your land that are not listed, please get in touch as we may be able to accommodate them.

Ready to apply?

The last deadline for applications was June 2022. The scheme may open again in 2023, so please watch this space for more news.

For more details, please view our guide and do get in touch if you have any questions.