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Wicklow Mountains National Park
Surveying for Red Grouse

Red Grouse Surveying

The Wicklow Mountains are the stronghold for one of the characteristic birds of the uplands, the Red Grouse. However, their population has been declining across Ireland over recent decades due to a number of factors such as afforestation, unmanaged heath burning and overgrazing. The picture depicts staff members of the National Parks and Wildlife Service being trained in grouse surveying techniques in Powerscourt Paddock. This heathland lies to the east of Djouce Mountain where the heath is being managed to increase grouse density. Grouse density can be increased by creating a diverse age structure of Heather through controlled rotational burning. Young plants provide fresh growth for feeding and older stands provide cover from predators.

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