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Red Grouse Conservation

A scientific paper has been published in Conservation Genetics titled ‘Adaptive and neutral genetic differentiation among Scottish and endangered Irish red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica)’. This research was partly funded by Dublin Zoo and is aiding decision making on red grouse conservation in Ireland.

The red grouse is a red-listed species in Ireland, meaning that it has a high conservation concern because its numbers have decreased drastically. Recent surveys have put numbers at 4,200 but these birds exist in geographically isolated sub-populations. Assessment of the genetic diversity of these birds is crucial in determining the long-term stability and viability of the overall population and regional isolated populations. Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park funded this essential genetic research which is being coordinated by the Irish Grey Partridge Association and UCD.

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