Red Grouse – 1994

Lagopus lagopus scoticaGrugiar GochFormer resident

Listed by George Owen (1603) as breeding but Mathew (1894) doubted if any were left on the Preseli Mountains where a few used to breed, the last he knew of being shot in 1885. Lockley et al. (1949) knew of no further occurrences.

No more were recorded until up to three were reported from the Preseli Mountains in December 1952, one from there on 2 January 1953 and the remarkable record of one at Ramsey on 15 October 1975. None have been reported since.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

OWEN, G. 1603. (OWEN, H. 1894-1936.  The description of Pembrokeshire by George Owen of Henllys.  London. Chas J Clarke)

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Red Grouse – historical

Lagopus lagopus scoticaGrugiar GochFormer resident

Ice Age

Bones of Red/Willow Grouse, dating to just before and just after the maximum of the Last Glaciation, 22,000 years ago, have been discovered at two caves in Pembrokeshire: Hoyle’s Mouth and Little Hoyle.

Eastham A. (2016) Goosey goosey Gander with Jemima Shelduck in attendance: two Stone Age occupation caves in South Pembrokeshire. Pembrokeshire Historical Society.

The following records and comments collected by GHR and transcribed from his files:

1955 J.G.Stewart—Peter reports up to 3 about Preseli top occasionally since Dec, 1952, but does not think they breed there.  Nature in Wales, Vol 1, No1

1975 1, Ramsey, 15th Oct.  Nature in Wales, Vol 15, No 3

1976 “Vagrant, The Red Grouse formerly occurred on the Preseli Hills, but the heather moor which these birds require is now too highly grazed and fragmented by forestry plantations for more than casual wanderers to survive.”  SAUNDERS, D.R. 1976. A brief guide to the birds of Pembrokeshire. Five Arches Press

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Red Grouse – 1894

Lagopus scoticus – Resident ?

We fear that it is extremely doubtful if a single Red Grouse is left on the Precelly Mountains. Formerly a few broods were to be found there, and Col. John Owen, of Rosebush, used to get a few brace on the hills. In the autumn of 1885, a lady of our acquaintance received a present of a brace that had been shot there, and these are the last that we have ourselves heard of. Mr. Mortimer Propert tells us that he saw what he believed to be Grouse on Brennin Fawr, near Crymmych, on September 9th, 1892. This is on the Cardiganshire side of the Precelly range.

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Red Grouse

Lagopus lagopus scoticaGrugiar GochFormer resident

Red Grouse – 1994

Lagopus lagopus scotica – Grugiar Goch – Former resident Listed by George Owen (1603) as breeding but Mathew (1894) doubted if any were left on the Preseli Mountains where a few used to breed, the last he knew of being shot in 1885. Lockley et al. (1949) knew of no further occurrences. No more were recorded until […]

Red Grouse – historical

Lagopus lagopus scotica – Grugiar Goch – Former resident Ice Age Bones of Red/Willow Grouse, dating to just before and just after the maximum of the Last Glaciation, 22,000 years ago, have been discovered at two caves in Pembrokeshire: Hoyle’s Mouth and Little Hoyle. Eastham A. (2016) Goosey goosey Gander with Jemima Shelduck in attendance: two Stone Age […]

Red Grouse – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

Red Grouse – 1894

Lagopus scoticus – Resident ? We fear that it is extremely doubtful if a single Red Grouse is left on the Precelly Mountains. Formerly a few broods were to be found there, and Col. John Owen, of Rosebush, used to get a few brace on the hills. In the autumn of 1885, a lady of our acquaintance received a present […]