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Lek It Be

Birdwatchers, photographers and wildlife guides asked to Lek It Be this spring

A rally cry to protect capercaillie from disturbance this breeding season.

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

Meet Priscilla Gordon-Duff, Project Board member

Experienced in forestry and land management, Priscilla Gordon-Duff of Drummuir Estate shares what she finds special about capercaillie.

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Volunteers: Looking back on two seasons of improving habitat for capercaillie

Volunteers have been improving over 8.5k hectares of capercaillie habitat in the Cairngorms – here’s the story so far

Capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus, close-up of male displaying in pine forest, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Grant Scheme concludes with more capercaillie-friendly land

With our grant scheme now closed, we look at how land managers like Invercauld Estate have used it to benefit capercaillie


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.