Black Grouse and Upland Restoration Project

For over a decade SUP, along with a wide range of landowners and stakeholders, has been undertaking upland and black grouse research, lek surveying and, in more recent years, developing the outcomes of this work into a potential landscape focused restoration project.

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‘Undoing the Silence of the Southern Uplands’ project next steps

The breadth and locations for a future project is now being explored and could include:

  • Habitat restoration and management, including low density broadleaf planting, rewetting peatlands, removal of non-native tree regeneration, heather swiping, pond creation, no-fence collar grazing
  • Landowner cluster groups
  • Volunteering opportunities and community engagement
  • Tree provenance and nurseries
  • Black Grouse / Upland Community Plans
  • Cultural Soundscape and Arts
  • Recruitment of an Uplands Project Officer to lead on all the above aspects

This project has been jointly led with the RSPB Scotland.  The core project partners are: Airds Estate, Borders Forest Trust, Buccleuch Estate, Carbon Crichton Centre, Carcant Estate, Forestry & Land Scotland, Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere, John Muir Trust, National Trust for Scotland, NatureScot, Tarras Valley Nature Reserve, Wemyss & March Estates, Woodland Trust. With wider stakeholder support from Game & Wildlife Conservancy Trust, Scottish Water, SEPA, Tweed Forum.


This project is supported by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund, managed by NatureScot

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