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Title of the project

Red Grouse habitat management project on Boleybrack Mountain


This project aims to manage the land in such a way as to encourage the repopulation of red grouse via:

management through controlled (cool) burning;
grit provision to aid heather digestion by red grouse;
predator control (including control of invasive species such as american mink);
monitoring of habitats and species (including biannual population assessment of red grouse);
public awareness, education and stakeholders consultation.

The Glenfarne Gun Club started, organised and conducted the project.



This project has resulted in the increased population of red grouse, has supported a new generation of upland managers and farmers, education for schools/students and public awareness at local and national level, decreased predation of lambs by foxes, habitat enhancement has benefits for a range of upland birds and hill farmers, provides a best-practice template for other local hunting clubs to begin grouse management projects, biodiversity benefits to birds including golden plover, peregrine falcon, hen harrier, golden eagle, skylark etc.


Country Ireland
Level Local
Site Boleybrack Mountain, Ireland
Region County Leitrim, Ireland

Starting date


Habitat Types

Scrub/Grassland, Wet heath, Dry heath, Blanket bog

Protection status of the areas

National protected area, Natura 2000 (SAC)


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Invasive Alien species, Threatened species
Species Type Birds, Mammals, Generalist predators
Name(s) of main species Irish red grouse - Lagopus lagopus scoticaAmerican mink - Neovison vison

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Glenfarne Gun Club
Other partners Heritage Council (http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/home/)local farming communityNational Parks and Wildlife Service (https://www.npws.ie/)Golden Eagle Trust (http://www.goldeneagletrust.info/)National Association for Regional Game Councils (NARGC) (http://nargc.ie/)