As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Isle of Man study supports red grouse reintroduction

Experts said the size of a grouse population is an "indicator of the health of the Manx upland ecosystem"

A study of the Isle of Man has recommended reintroducing red grouse to boost the island's dwindling population of the bird.

The Manx Uplands report, compiled by Professor Jim McAdam, said in the past three years breeding had declined.

Research suggests the fall in grouse population was "almost entirely due to predation by harriers and peregrines".

The report said: "The size of the grouse population is an indicator of the health of the upland ecosystem."

It recommended "to at least maintain the current level of upland management and strive to increase it by a controlled and monitored reintroduction of red grouse".

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