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Plans To Bring The Eagle Back To Ireland

 

Updated : Jun 30, 2009

Plans to bring Golden Eagles back to Ireland have been guaranteed for the next two years, it was revealed today.

Scottish conservationists will continue to support the project by supplying chicks despite a series of poisonings in Donegal, Kerry and Wicklow.

In the last years five White-tailed Eagles, one Golden Eagle and two Red Kites have been poisoned and experts believe several more birds were also victims of killer bait and their bodies not recovered.

Officials in Scotland said they will donate seven more chicks this year bringing the total number of Golden Eagles released in Donegal to 65.

Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe, director of science and biodiversity for the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service, welcomed the move.

“I have been pleased to contribute to this review, and reiterate my thanks to Scotland for providing us with Golden Eagles to continue this massively important project,” he said.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) reviewed the project over the last few months with Irish authorities and addressed the level of poisonings.

The Department of the Environment have drafted new regulations effectively making it illegal to put out poisoned meat or fish-based bait for any purpose.

At the very least conservationists working on the eagle projects believe between 15-20 Golden Eagles are still alive.

Dr Ron Macdonald, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) head of policy and advice, said the review was valuable.

“The review has been timely in identifying what’s needed to increase the survival of Golden Eagles in both Scotland and Ireland,” he said.

“Clearly, the review has pointed up some avenues for further investigation regarding the breeding success of eagles in Scotland, and the changes in spring weather conditions may be significant.”


 

 

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