Monitoring and conserving Scotland's birds of prey
The North-east of Scotland Raptor Study Group was formed in 1981 and currently has around 20 members who meet biannually, before and after the breeding season, to coordinate their monitoring efforts. The group monitors the populations and breeding performance of raptors, owls and ravens within its area.
The group's area includes Moray south and east of the River Spey, Aberdeen city and the county of Aberdeenshire down to the River North Esk at the boundary with Angus. This covers a diverse range of habitats; to the west, there are the high montane plateaus of the eastern Cairngorms and Lochnagar with remnant Caledonian pine forests in the adjacent glens. These areas are largely managed for deer stalking and grouse shooting. Much of the area is covered in forest plantation of both native and non-native woodland. Beyond these plantations and moors lies farmland which is intensive in the productive Buchan coastal plain.
The main species monitored are:
Chairs: Mick Marquiss & Rab Rae