Increased Security for Loch Lomond Capercaillie
This weekend on the Scottish lake of Loch Lomond, a security operation will be launched to protect the handful of birds living there whose species is fighting for survival in Scotland. Extra rangers have been brought in to Loch Lomond from the nearby Trossachs National Park, with the aim of protecting the endangered capercaillie who make their home on islands in the loch. There are thought to be only about 1200 of the birds left across Scotland – 75% of them in their stronghold of Badenoch and Strathspey. But there are small populations at other locations, with just five in total thought to live on islands in Loch Lomond. Police will also be drafted in as it is believed that visitors are now the biggest threat to the survival of the capercaillie, one of Britain’s most beautiful yet most at-risk birds.