Southern Scotland favors Golden Eagles with better habitats
The golden eagles, which were once teeming in southern Scotland have relocated to other places because of unfavorable breeding habitats.
The Scottish Natural Heritage said that the habitat changes made recently now support 16 pairs. Currently, only one or two pairs are spotted in the area. Experts believe that not more than 3 pairs breed in Galloway each year.
The total population of the golden eagles is 440 pairs currently and the birds are now found in the Highlands and Islands. A research head Prof Des Thompson said, “We would now like to see on-the-ground, practical work to improve the habitat for golden eagles in the south of Scotland.”
SNH has made some improvements in their natural habitat and so there are more birds spotted in Ireland as a result of it. The problem of dying population of birds in north England could be fixed with the help of the reintroduced birds in Ireland. Researchers are also studying what other factors could affect the population of the birds.
The factors taken into consideration include adverse climatic conditions, poaching, wind farms, woodland cover, etc. The report submitted by SNH was welcomed by Paul Wheelhouse, Environment and climatic change minister.
Wheelhouse said in a statement, “It is great news that south Scotland could support so many pairs of golden eagles. We will work hard to ensure they are given the best possible chance to expand their population and range, given the region contains habitat that we would expect to sustain a greater population of this most magnificent bird.”
Several organizations in Scotland condemn the illegal persecution of the birds. Scottish Land and Estates chief executive Douglas McAdam said that though it has been a problem in the past, the numbers have fallen remarkably in the recent years.
These birds are considered to be adding more value to the Scotland landscape.