For the first time in almost a century, sea eagles have been observed near Loch Lomond.
For the first time in almost a century, sea eagles have been spotted on Loch Lomond.
In early March, a pair of white-tailed eagles, often known as sea eagles, were first observed at Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve.
They have been seen “nest prospecting” – looking for potential nest sites – since then, indicating that they intend to stay.
Nature organizations are collaborating to safeguard native birds and minimize disturbance, and an exclusion zone has been established around the area where they have been spotted.
This is the first time sea eagles have been seen at Loch Lomond since they went extinct in the early twentieth century due to persecution and environmental changes, with the last known bird being seen in Shetland in 1918.
“This is the latest chapter in the continuing success story of sea eagle conservation,” NatureScot operations manager Paul Roberts said.
“We meticulously manage the reserve with our partners to provide rich and diverse habitats for a wide diversity of birds and other animals, so seeing the sea eagles return to Loch Lomond after all these years is incredibly rewarding.
“To preserve the birds, we’re working closely with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA) and RSPB Scotland, and we’re advising visitors to enjoy the reserve responsibly and avoid disturbing them.”
With a wingspan of 200-240cm, sea eagles are the largest bird of prey in the UK.
We all have a responsibility to help keep these unique birds safe and to strive to keep them as quiet as possible.
NatureScot, LLTNPA, and RSPB Scotland are collaborating to track the birds’ movements and implement protection and visitor control measures to keep them safe from other loch users.
This comprises an exclusion zone, signs warning tourists to keep their distance, and regular ranger patrols to keep an eye on the area.
The presence of the sea eagles has also been reported to Police Scotland.
“White-tailed eagles are the UK’s largest,” said Simon Jones, director of environment and tourist services at LLTNPA. (This is a brief piece.)