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The Return Of The Red Grouse

posted 19 May 2011, 02:36 by Mark
Many reasons have been put forward on the demise of the Red Grouse, loss of heather due to overgrazing,creation of new Conifer Plantations and  wide spread diseases caused their demise from Abbeyleix bog and woodland. A  progress report  on The Decline of The Red Grouse spanning 10 years was carried out by PJ O'Hare in 1959 
Early records from Abbey-Leix Estate show the Red Grouse was in plentiful supply . A diary entry  noted 300 grouse were shot in one day .
Their is a healthy population of  Red  Grouse  in The Slieve Blooms. 
Abbeyleix may see the return of The Red Grouse . Their is natural Heather  Habitat in Abbeyleix Bor The project would be funded by The EU throught the Grouse Council Of Ireland .If you would like to see a display of Grouse  a visit to the Flyfishing Fishing Musem in Attanagh  would be well worthwhile Walter will be only to happy to give you the grand tour