Protecting the Capercaillie

6th April 2017

Spring is in the air, and our resident capercaillies are staking out ‘their’ territory, prior to mating. This year, after an apparent absence, several birds have been displaying. 

It could be that work done by the Estate over the last few years is showing a result. Habitat improvements have changed the structure and composition of the woodland, to better suit capercaillie. Open areas, with blaeberry instead of older heather, make good feeding ground for the capercaillie chicks.

Caper Chick
Capercaillie Chick

Tracks cut through the undergrowth enable the hen to take her chicks to these feeding areas. Piled-up pine branches provide shelter for the young family from overhead predators, like crows. It is important that the birds are left in peace at this time, to ensure the future of the population. Some of the tracks in Glen Tanar go through their habitat. Please avoid these.

Restricted areas

There are many other tracks in the Glen including the waymarked paths, and the Ranger Service is happy to give information on alternative routes.