Help count the Red Grouse

A red  grouse

The Red Grouse population is declining nationally. Thanks to careful heather management, over the last few years numbers have begun to recover on the Long Mynd. To make sure that these birds continue to thrive, we're asking for your help.

Join us at sunset on the hills to count the Red Grouse and help to protect Shropshire's largest population of this special bird.

Counts take place between April and May, before the breeding season begins. During this time the birds stay deep in the heather, making them difficult to spot and count.

Terrirotorial males display around sunset in April and May, so this is a good time to catch sight of them. Most territories are within sight and hearing distance of the road along the top of the hill, between the Midland Gliding Station and the Shooting Box car park.

If you're interested in birds and conservation then this activity is for you. No special knowledge or skills are needed. A full briefing and training will be provided. It’s easy to do and everyone is welcome to take part. Counts will be held on six successive Thursdays in April and early May.

Please come along to the Project Briefing & Methodology Meeting 7.30pm – 8.30pm Thursday 29 March 2018 in the Carding Mill Valley Tea Room. Refreshments will be provided.

If you'd like to take part email Abby Knight to request a participation form.

Red Grouse Count 2018 (PDF / 0.4MB) download