Black Grouse Numbers Increase in Scotland Black Grouse are currently “red listed” as species of high conservation concern but latest figures have shown a rise in numbers. The data, compiled by RSPB Scotland, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and local study groups show in Dumfries and Galloway 194 lekking males at 71 lek sites in 2011, a 31% rise on 2010. Monitoring by the Southern Uplands Partnership in the Borders revealed 290 lekking makes, up more than 40% on the 230 in 2010. Figures collated by the Speyside Black Grouse Study Group, including 19 private sporting estates and the Abernethy and Creag Meagaidh nature reserves, revealed the highest annual total of displaying black grouse since surveying began in 2001, with an increase of 37%. It is thought that major woodland initiatives and conservation efforts, boosted by a good breeding season in 2010, are beginning to pay off.