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BBC spotlight on Alladale sea-eagle nests


By Caroline McMorran

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A PROJECT to build two nest sites for white-tailed sea eagles at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, near Ardgay, has been featured on mainstream television.

The scheme, which was completed in October, was highlighted last week on BBC One’s The One Show.

Trees were carefully selected to provide enough protection from the weather and give eagles a clear view of the landscape.
Trees were carefully selected to provide enough protection from the weather and give eagles a clear view of the landscape.

Alladale worked with the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Mossy Earth – a team restoring nature and fighting climate change – to establish the nest platforms.

White-tailed sea eagles disappeared from Britain a century ago due to persecution, habitat loss and pesticide poisoning.

Efforts to reintroduce the magnificent birds to Scotland - using birds from Norway - began in the 1970s. A white-tailed sea eagle was spotted at Alladale in 2019 and stayed in the area for weeks.

Reserve manager Innes MacNeill said: “The nests aims to support and extend the range of the white-tailed eagle. Trees were chosen that provide enough protection from the weather but also enable nesting eagles to have a clear view of the landscape and a clear view of potential threats.

"It is our hope that these nest platforms could also support our resident population of golden eagles. The nests will be monitored in the hope of seeing a new breeding pair of eagles in the not too distant future.”


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