The ea­gles have landed

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API­ONEER­ING project to get golden ea­gles flour­ish­ing in the south of Scot­land has re­ceived a £1 mil­lion boost from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. The scheme, which aims to achieve up to 16 pairs of the im­pos­ing bird of prey in Dum­fries & Gal­loway and the Scot­tish borders —there are thought to be only 2– 4 pairs cur­rently—will de­ploy CCTV so the pub­lic can keep an ea­gle eye on the chicks grow­ing up.

In 2008, Scot­tish Land & Es­tates and RSPB Scot­land joined forces to try to un­der­stand what’s lim­it­ing golden-ea­gle num­bers in the re­gion. Since then, Buc­cleuch Es­tates, the Langholm Ini­tia­tive, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage and Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land have also come on board.

There are pro­pos­als for im­prov­ing food sup­plies and se­cur­ing nest sites and for in­ves­ti­gat­ing the idea of re­leas­ing ea­glets to bol­ster the ex­ist­ing pop­u­la­tion. There will be a con­sul­ta­tion, in which it’s ex­pected that con­cerns will be raised about the golden ea­gle’s propen­sity for pre­dat­ing lambs and ground-nest­ing birds (www.gold­e­nea­glessouthof­s­cot­land.co.uk). PL

The pub­lic will be able to watch the ea­gle chicks as they grow up

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