[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 14 May 2007, 23:10 GMT 00:10 UK
Rare bird population 'improving'
Capercaillie - Chris Gomersall/RSPB Images
The capercaillie population in the UK has been falling
The capercaillie - one of the country's rarest birds - may be on the verge of a recovery.

The RSPB believes last year's breeding season for the birds was the best for 15 years and says the population may even be expanding in some areas.

There are currently only 1,000 breeding pairs of capercaillie in the UK, all of them in Scotland, compared with more than 20,000 pairs 30 years ago.

The RSPB said the figures showed work to save the species was paying off.

With the capercaillie nearing extinction in Britain, there has been a lot of work done to improve habitats and remove deer fencing, with which the low-flying, turkey-sized birds collide.

The wildlife charity said there were no grounds for complacency, however, as the capercaillie remained on the endangered list.


SEE ALSO
Hope over capercaillie population
11 Jul 06 |  North East/N Isles
Legal threat over bird's decline
21 Feb 05 |  Scotland
Capercaillie numbers 'double'
22 Jun 04 |  Scotland
Droppings hold capercaillie clues
30 Nov 03 |  Scotland
Capercaillie under threat
29 Dec 02 |  Scotland
Feathers fly over conservation bid
14 Oct 02 |  Scotland
Cash offer to save rare bird
01 Sep 01 |  Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific