The Black Grouse, one of the most important species identified for protection in Lower Saxony, has been at significant risk for over 70 years. Many of the conservation projects undertaked to protect it in the recent years have been unable to stop the decrease in the population - so far.
For the project entitled "Protection of the Black Grouse in the area of Lüneburger Heide" Leica have given to the Lower Saxony Forest Office - Sellhorn (NFA) high end Leica binoculars and spotting scopes to aide its protection work.
Martin Tripp, who has worked for the NFA for the last three years, uses the Leica binoculars and the Rangemasters especially for observation and predator control. Other species specific and target-oriented activities realting to the protection the Black Grouse include management of the heather and the border zone of forest and control of signifcant predators.
An expansion project relating to the protection of the black grouse in the area of Lüneburger Heide is a cooperation between the Department of Environment Lower Saxony, the Lower Saxony County Forest Office, the Verein Naturpark e.V. (VNP) and the Lower Saxony Forest Office - Sellhorn and is scheduled to commence in 2010.