The Red Grouse survey began in 2011 and runs for six weeks each spring. It was adopted by the SACWG in 2012, as many members already participated in the project.
The aim is to record males defending their territories on the Long Mynd tops around sunset. Population estimates were 63-66 territorial males in 2012, 53-54 in 2013, 56-58 in 2014, and 57-59 in 2015. It appears that numbers were hit by the bad weather in early spring in 2013, but recovered a bit in 2014 and 2015. There were not enough observations of territorial activity in 2016 to produce an estimate, but there were at least 42.
In 2017, at least 49 territories were identified but this number may have been depressed by poor weather on some of the count days. The survey was repeated in 2018, resulting in the highest count to date, an estimated 64-66 territorial males. In 2019 an estimated 54 territorial males were counted, but there was a low level of Grouse activity on the dates when the southern part of the hill was surveyed, and there were probably a few more.
The 2020 survey was cancelled, because of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions Surveys were organised in 2021 and 2022, but results were inconclusive.
The survey this year is therefore particularly important, as we need to assess the effect of extensive heather die-back in 2019, and poor weather in recent breeding seasons.
If you would like to read more about the objectives, methods and results of the Red Grouse count, see the download links for years 2012 to 2021. Note that there was no survey in 2020.
Annual reports include the cumulative results from previous years.
The documents are in PDF format.
REPORTS for download
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2012
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2013
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2014
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2015
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2016
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2017
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2018
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2019
- Red Grouse Count Report for 2021
GETTING INVOLVED in 2023
For more information about the survey, download the Recruiting Leaflet (PDF document). If you want to get involved, please click here to download the editable Participants Form (Word format #), fill it in, and send it to Joe Gomme, preferably by email (email@example.com), or post to 52 Queen Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 2JR
# Please note that when you click the Participants Form link, the editable document will be downloaded to your usual download location.
If you have any enquiries about the survey, please contact Joe Gomme at firstname.lastname@example.org