The Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is facilitating community-led action across the Cairngorms National Park to help secure the long-term future of capercaillie in the UK.

Deeside is home to an extremely vulnerable capercaillie population and a genetic lifeline to the larger population in Strathspey. Work to help capercaillie in Deeside is therefore an essential part of building a future for the species in the UK. 

Running until 12 December, the Cairngorms Capercaillie Project is asking Deeside residents and visitors to share their views via this 6 minute survey.

The questions in this survey are based on the majority views shared in listening sessions recently conducted with a wide range of people connected to Deeside, including landowners and landmanagers, businesses related to tourism and recreation and representatives from interest groups including field sports and mountain biking. A summary of all the views shared is available here.

This survey is about all Deeside residents and visitors having a say, so we can explore the views held in the wider community.

Thank you for taking part.

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* 1. Are you a resident or visitor to Deeside?

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* 2. Before completing this survey, had you ever heard of capercaillie?

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* 3. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

  Strongly agree  Agree Neither Disagree Strongly disagree Not sure
We should protect capercaillie in Deeside for future generations to enjoy
I feel fortunate to have capercaillie in Deeside
Even if I never see a capercaillie in Deeside, it is important to me that they exist in the area

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* 4. Thinking about the issue of disturbance, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

  Strongly agree Agree Neither Disagree Strongly disagree Not sure
Improve paths in key places to encourage people away from sensitive capercaillie areas
Trial new signage to help reduce disturbance in capercaillie areas
Employ more Rangers to help reduce disturbance / irresponsible access in capercaillie areas
Raise awareness about disturbance through local media channels
Trial closing key tracks April to August to help reduce disturbance in capercaillie breeding areas
Trial voluntary 'disturbance free zones' (refuges) in capercaillie areas
Train local volunteers to safeguard local lek sites

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* 5. Thinking more about public engagement, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

  Strongly agree  Agree Neither Disagree Strongly disagree Not sure
Provide eco volunteering opportunities to enable more people to help capercaillie
Create opportunities for capercaillie related wildlife tourism in Deeside, e.g. virtual / remote capercaillie viewing experiences
Capercaillie conservation could benefit the Deeside economy, e.g. through wildlife tourism
Commission and sell capercaillie inspired products, unique to Deeside, e.g. crafts, food, drink, art

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* 6. Thinking about ecological aspects, to what extent do you agree with the following statements?

  Strongly agree Agree Neither Disagree Strongly disagree Not sure
Create more habitat for capercaillie in Deeside
Join up existing capercaillie habitat in Deeside
Capercaillie conservation can provide wider environmental benefits, e.g. for other species  
Predation by protected predators (pine martens, badgers, raptors) is an issue
Predation by foxes and crows is an issue
Remove fences in capercaillie areas where possible to help avoid collisions
Ensure all fences in capercaillie areas are marked to help avoid collisions
Reinforce the capercaillie population in Deeside with birds from elsewhere

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* 7. Do you have any thoughts or ideas for what you think could make the biggest difference for capercaillie in Deeside and help them to thrive in the area? If so, please share here.

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* 8. Who do you think should be involved in capercaillie conservation in Deeside?

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* 9. If the results of this survey show that there is scope for community-led action for capercaillie in Deeside, would you be interested in any of the following?

  Definitely not Probably not Maybe Probably yes Definitely yes
Being part of a strategic group to help develop an action plan for capercaillie in Deeside
Being part of an operational group to help deliver the action plan for capercaillie in Deeside
Providing a venue for the strategic and operational groups to meet
Helping with communications to keep residents and visitors informed about what is going on and how to get involved

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* 10. Is there anything else you would like to say related to capercaillie conservation in Deeside?

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