It will take the efforts of people from all walks of life to save the iconic capercaillie from extinction in the UK. With the Cairngorms National Park now home to nearly 90% of the remaining birds, the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project has recruited a number of local residents within the National Park to help more people help the endangered species.
Appointed within the last few months were a variety of green roles – from rangers to communications specialists. Those appointed bring experiences from a variety of different professional backgrounds but are united in a common passion for the people, wildlife and businesses in the Cairngorms.
Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project will allow for real community-led action over the next two years to help the endangered bird, of which there are now thought to be less than 1,000.
“Capercaillie are in serious decline and in the midst of such difficult times economically as well, I’m proud that we’ve been able to bring money into the Park and create jobs that will not only benefit the local economy but also the environment and our local wildlife, which has become so important to our health and well-being over the last year,” says Carolyn Robertson, Project Manager for the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project.