Tyne & Wear

Black grouse spotted at Stanley Moss restored bog

Black Grouse Image copyright Tom Marshall
Image caption The black grouse is one of the UK's most threatened bird species

A restored peat bog - bought by a wildlife trust for £1 four years ago - has become home to an endangered bird.

Six black grouse have been spotted at the Stanley Moss Nature Reserve in County Durham, which was acquired and restored by Durham Wildlife Trust.

The grouse is on the RSPB's "red list", meaning the species is globally endangered.

Ian Brown from the trust said the birds' presence was a "great indicator" of how the habitat was being managed.

The land between Sunniside and Stanley Crook, which was turned back into a blanket bog habitat in 2012, is also home to snipe and hares.

Mr Brown said the black grouse population was "a strong testament to the work of members and volunteers".

"Hopefully, this group is significant enough to become a viable breeding population," he said.

The loss of the birds' natural habitat of farmland and and moorland has contributed to the decline in their numbers, the RSPB says.

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