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The 2018 re­port from the Scot­tish Rap­tor Mon­i­tor­ing Scheme found that there is good and bad news for Scot­land’s rap­tors. The cold snap in late Fe­bru­ary and early March ap­pears to have had a neg­a­tive im­pact on the early breed­ing at­tempts of species such as the golden ea­gle, which usu­ally lay eggs in March. A drop in the vole pop­u­la­tion has also af­fected barn owls, but 2018 saw the first suc­cess­ful breed­ing of the white-tailed ea­gle on Orkney since 1873, and the first recorded breed­ing at­tempt of hen har­ri­ers on Barra. A sin­gle spar­rowhawk (pic­tured be­low) also fledged on Shet­land. rap­tor­mon­i­tor­

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