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Title of the project

Red Grouse Species Action Plan 2013

Description

To agree up the way forward for Red Grouse that enjoys universal
support among all of Ireland’s shooting and conservation communities.

In October 2010 the Trust invited Red Grouse enthusiasts from both North and South of Ireland to a one-day conference in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. One of the Trust’s key objectives was to put forward the idea that a National Conservation Strategy for Red Grouse was urgently required. We felt that the first step in achieving this objective was to formulate a Species Action Plan. Equally it was critical that such an agreement would enjoy the support of all organizations that profess an interest in the future of the species in Ireland. Accordingly, the Trust established a forum where all Red Grouse protagonists were invited to meet, plan and agree a way forward. Background to this document.

Three years later we have an agreement on the way forward for Red Grouse that enjoys universal support among all of Ireland’s shooting and conservation communities.

The Countryside Alliance Ireland and the National Association of Regional Game Councils were part of the steering group that agreed upon the way forward for Red Grouse management projects in Ireland.

Location

Country Ireland
Level National

Starting date

2010

Habitat Types

Scrub/Grassland, Wetland

Protection status of the areas

Regional protected area, National protected area, Areas with voluntary or mandatory hunting ban , No protection status

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Threatened species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Lagopus lagopus scotica (red grouse)

Conservation action(s)

Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public), Policy work (e.g. positioning of hunting organisations, demonstrating conservation actions)

Partners

Leading partners BirdWatch Ireland (http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/)the Countryside Alliance Ireland (http://www.caireland.org/ie/)the National Association of Regional Game Councils (http://nargc.ie/)the Irish Red Grouse Associationthe Golden Eagle Trust (http://www.goldeneagletrust.info/)the Irish Red & White Setter Association (http://www.irishredwhitesetterassociation.com/)the Irish Kennel Club (http://www.ikc.ie/)the IFA Countryside (http://www.ifacountryside.ie/)Cró na mBraonáin habitat & Red Grouse sanctuarythe Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust (http://www.greypartridge.ie/)

Estimation of Human Resources needed

This agreement recognizes the aspirations of over 50,000 people, who work in a professional and voluntary capacity for the benefit of Red Grouse in Ireland.

Publication(s)

http://www.npws.ie/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/2013_RedGrouse_SAP.pdf

Weblinks

http://www.npws.ie/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/2013_RedGrouse_SAP.pdf