The eagles have landed
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