5 years ago a 200 acre part of the Estate I work on was bought by my father-in-law and then planted with a native woodland mix as part of a crofting scheme. Recently I've been wondering if it would be a suitable habitat for black grouse?
There used to be black grouse up here after ww2 when Rumpster Forest was planted but apparently dwindled as the forest reached maturity.
My madcap scheme was to try to obtain eggs then hatch them under silky hens on site. Thing i'm unsure about are;
Is it legal to trade in Blackgrouse eggs as they're so scarce?
Would the deerfencing round the site make the idea a non starter due to bird strike fatalities?
How would the blacks mix with red grouse as there's a good population of them around?
Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.