Three Golden eagles, names Edward, Beaky and Emily from the Scottish Highlands have been released to a secret location in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, and with Scottish Natural Heritage and Experts from the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Sciences, two ECoS partners are involved.
The relocation is led by the South of Scotland Golden Eagle project run by RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Buccleuch and the Southern Uplands Partnership, and received additional funding from The National Lottery, the Scottish Government and local LEADER Programmes.
The initiative is a key project under the Scottish Government’s 2020 Challenge for Scottish Biodiversity. Locals and visitors in the Southern Uplands are invited to support the project staff and the Scottish Raptor Study Group in monitoring the birds by recording and sharing sightings. Golden Eagles are one of Scotland’s most impressive species and the new residents in the South will give more people the opportunity to see these majestic birds in the wild.
Over the next four years, another three to ten young eagles will be relocated to the South and join Edward, Beaky and Emily in their new habitat which is estimated to be able to support up to 16 Golden eagle pairs.
For more information about the project and to report Golden Eagle sightings in the South of Scotland visit the project website.