Motion ref. S6M-00428
Capercaillie Population Dips Below 1,000
Submitted by: Ariane Burgess, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Green Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Maggie Chapman, Katy Clark, Jackie Dunbar, Kenneth Gibson, Ross Greer, Monica Lennon, Ruth Maguire, Pauline McNeill, Paul O'Kane, Emma Roddick, Douglas Ross, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Lorna Slater, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Tess White, Martin Whitfield
That the Parliament notes with concern recent reports of a sharp decline in Scotland’s capercaillie population; understands that Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has said it will not reach its target of increasing the population of the bird to 1,200; recognises that the CNPA recently estimated that there are currently around 700 of the species in the park; acknowledges that a fuller picture of the population will be available in the winter; further notes that the CNPA believes that a loss of habitat and disturbance by humans has contributed to the population decline; believes that the plight of the capercaillie is part of a wider ongoing nature emergency, and urges the Scottish Government to take swift action to tackle the decline of this iconic Highland species.