The RSPB, led by the excellent Kenny Graham, have visited us twice this year. In April they visited to count Leks on Croick and the neighbouring estates and it was good to see not just a healthy population but they are clearly spreading to our neighbours too. And the RSPB visited again, this week to count broods. It was a smaller count so not directly comparable to the map above but they found five hens and seven pults. Two of the hens were barren and the rest and 2, 3 and 2 chicks.
Given the appalling weather this spring, I think these are god results and we should continue to maintain a healthy population in the years ahead. I think we are little way from driven black grouse shooting though!