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Eagle Population Increasing in Scotland

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Sea eagles were wiped out in Britain due to excessive hunting and egg collection. The last native pair reproduced in 1916, and then there were no more. They were Britain’s largest bird of prey. In 1975 about 82 of the white-tailed eagles were reintroduced from other countries to the island of Rum, a small island off the coast of Scotland. The current human population is about 20, so the eagles should be relatively safe from poaching. Even though Rum is sparsely populated, the new eagles donated by Norway were released in a secret location.

Because of the reintroduction program and various conservation efforts, there are now 52 breeding pairs of the endangered eagles in Scotland. This year these adult eagles have produced about 46 hatchlings, which is a record for reproducing. Depending on the need, about twenty chicks each year are also being brought from Norway.

“I have no doubt that the successful reintroduction of this magnificent bird can continue, and along with the East Coast Sea Eagle Project, ensures that this species can establish territories right across Scotland, restoring a strong Scotland-wide population,” said Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham. (Source: BBC)

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4:06PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Good news. It makes me feel relieved.

9:17AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Very happy for the eagles. More countries should allow that.

4:26AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

Happy!

2:07PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Beautiful news!

5:43AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Fantastic project!! Thanks.

10:50AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Fantastic news

9:14AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Nice ! I'm so pleased.

8:47PM PST on Jan 28, 2011

Thanks for the good news.

12:17PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

good news!

7:59PM PST on Dec 9, 2010

GOOD!!

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