As part of a major deer abundance survey in northern Scotland, we have been asked to assess Capercaillie distribution. The work involves counting Capercaillie droppings on the same plots we are using the measure deer dung accumulation rates. We are now almost finished the first phase of the work, and have been surprised by the number of Capercaillie we have seen active in the forest. One almost flew into the pick-up windscreen when our staff drove onto site one morning!

Capercaillie droppings