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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.


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.


National Capercaillie Survey: FAQs

Find out more about the latest national survey to determine the size of the UK capercaillie population.


Capercaillie Lek Count Report 2022

See the full results from capercaillie lek counts in 2022.

Capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus, male displaying surrounded by hens on lek at sunrise, April

Capercaillie Lek Count Report 2021

See the full results from capercaillie lek counts in 2021.


What next for the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project? 

Read about the project’s achievements so far and what’s coming up over the next 12 months.

Capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus, male displaying in misty pine forest, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Meet Project Board member Dr Adam Smith

Dr Adam Smith, formerly of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), talks about about why he got involved with the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project


Project Board meeting notes

Read the latest meeting notes from the Project Board