A pair of white-tailed eagles, Scotland’s largest native raptor, have raised a male chick, after nesting at a secret location in Fife. The country’s last native white-tailed eagle died in Shetland in 1918.
The species only returned to the UK following a reintroduction project in the west of Scotland, which began on the Isle of Rum in 1975. The pair which bred this summer were both released in 2009.
Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse welcomed the news. “I hope this will be the first of many of this magnificent species, which will eventually spread their territories right across Scotland,” he said, “I’d like to thank all the partners who have played their part in making this exciting and special event happen.”
Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said, “This success further strengthens the strong bond we have formed with the people of Norway, who kindly gifted birds for release in Scotland throughout the reintroduction process, which started over 30 years ago on the west coast. We owe a great deal to the project staff, farmers, landowners, partners and, of course, the general public, for their support and enthusiasm.”