This winter season of 2006 /07 there will be a National survey of Red Grouse by Birdwatch Ireland in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife service. They are looking for all records of Grouse past and present including feathers, droppings and of course recent sightings.
If you have seen any grouse or know of areas of hill or heath that are regularly populated by grouse don?t hesitate to get in contact. (Use the link below to log your records directly to BWI or use our wildlife surveys section)
The Inishowen of today has a particularly poor population of red grouse considering the available habitat. There are many possible reasons for this including lack of practical hill management.
In the not too distant past the hills of Inishowen where a highly regarded area for pursuing the grouse shoot. The cluck cluck of rising grouse was a familiar sound for many that cut turf or visited the Moss during the late summer months. Written accounts and records of the large period house and demesne east of Gleneely known as Grouse Hall testify to the past quality of grouse in the heart of Inishowen.
This survey will provide a national data set, which will be used to judge the health of the present grouse population of Ireland. Regional strategies and monetary incentives can then be initiated to secure the future conservation of these highland species.
submit your records or sightings Nationaly to BWI through the link below or localy through the disuss forum on this site.