Today Monday 20 May, 2013, I wish to officially announce that a pair of Golden Eagles reintroduced into the Czech Republic have successfully hatched at least one chick, possibly two, for the first time in 120 years in our country.
As everyone can imagine, those involved in this prestigious project are delighted with the outcome which has been ongoing for nearly a decade. One behalf of friends and colleagues who have each contributed to todays project success, I invite Raptor Politics to make this landmark announcement to the wider raptor community inside the UK and abroad. I will provide added details as soon as practice, including improved video when safe to do so. For now please view the attached first images captured by the monitoring camera taken at the nesting site.
We have just been advised that currently there are three female and two male hen harriers on the Langholm moors this season. Let us hope that despite the terrible weather, there may be a chance of perhaps two successful broods. Our only concern is that any fledged young produced are likely to disappear once they migrate away from Langholm crossing onto moorland where their presence is not encouraged. Taking into consideration the benifits of fitting satellite tags, will those in charge of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project make the important desicion to fit any chicks produced this summer with a satellite tag before leaving the nest? Just as important, will Natural England release details of the moorland locations where subsequently any of the tagged harriers were tracked before disappearing off the radar for never?
Stevenson, second right, with anti-wind farm activists
A SENIOR Tory has compared the march of wind farms in Scotland’s countryside to the threat posed by Nazi Germany.
Struan Stevenson has provoked the wrath of energy companies by urging Britons opposed to turbines to “recapture the same spirit that defeated Nazi Germany and turned the tide of history”.
A first year osprey named fearna which fledged from a nest in the Scottish Highlands in 2012 is the first of its kind to be tracked all the way from Scotland crossing the full length of England across France and Morocco before finally stopping off in the western Sahara. As if that achievement was not remarkable enough, fearna has now been tracked all the way back to Spain this year at just eleven months old, not bad for a youngster which did not visit ‘Specksavers’.
The wording of the Eagle Protection Act could not be any clearer. It “prohibits anyone, without a permit issued by the Secretary of the Interior,” from “taking” bald or golden eagles. The law defines “take” as “pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb.”
The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is hoping to prevent what it believes is the persecution of rare ospreys in Rutland by attaching satellite trackers to the birds. The GPS trackers fitted to each osprey will provide amazing detail, including the location of the birds at any time, their speed, altitude and flight direction. Most importantly, the precise location where any bird is shot.
The sight of the white-tailed eagle‘s impressive two-metre wingspan in our skies was eventually saved by a reintroduction scheme in Scotland. But, even as its recovery is being hailed as a conservation success, the mighty bird may be under threat once again. The population remains small, vulnerable and limited to just one area of the country. Will the eagles ever spread their giant wings beyond Scotland?
Two pairs of White-tailed Eagles have successfully hatched chicks in Ireland for the first time in over 110 years. In the last week a pair was confirmed to have hatched chicks at a nest near Mountshannon, Co Clare. This pair also created history in 2012 when they nested for the first time. A second pair, in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, successfully hatched chicks in the past few days having laid eggs in late March. These are the first chicks of the high profile reintroduction programme which began in 2007 with the release of young Norwegian eagles in Killarney National Park as part of the White-tailed Eagle reintroduction programme developed and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Golden Eagle Trust.
We have just received an interesting comment relating to the discovery of two eagle owl nests each containing eggs in the Forest of Bowland this year. The comment which we have republished below was allegedly over heard in the small café in the centre of DunsopBridge at lunch time on Sunday 21st April. We feel this comment and the detail it contains must be accurate, otherwise how would a member of the public, knowing nothing about how many eagle owl nest had been located in Bowland this spring would also know how many eggs each of the two nests discovered had contained?