Grousekeeper appointed to Boleybrack project

A grousekeeper was appointed to the Red Grouse Wildlife Conservation Project on the Boleybrack Habitat, Glenfarne last month.

A grousekeeper was appointed to the Red Grouse Wildlife Conservation Project on the Boleybrack Habitat, Glenfarne last month.

The Boleybrack Red Grouse Habitat Management Project - a wildlife conservation initiative in Glenfarne recently received a major boost in the form of project funding for 12 months. This funding led to the appointment of grousekeeper John Carslake to the project in March.

John is a qualified gamekeeper and specialist in the area of Red Grouse and Upland Habitat Management. The project funding was jointly provided by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC).

Red Grouse are on the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland, due to a decline in their breeding range of over 70% in the past 40 years.

The population decline nationally can be at least partly attributed to a reduction in the amount of suitable breeding and foraging, due to uncontrolled burning, and afforestation in the upland areas favoured by Irish Red Grouse.

Boleybrack Mountain is located north of Lough Allen and lies between the towns of Drumkeerin, Manorhamilton and Blacklion, Co Cavan.

A large portion of the northern side of the mountain overlooks the parish of Glenfarne.

Most of Boleybrack Mountain is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the EU Habitats Directive.

Next week the Leitrim Observer will take a more in depth look at the Boleybrack Red Grouse Habitat Management Project, who is behind the project, what it entails and the results it has already achieved.