New alliance to protect Scotland's golden eagles - Scottish Land and Estates

golden eagle in flight (image: Katie Aitchison)
golden eagle in flight (image: Katie Aitchison)

A collection of Perthshire grouse moors and farms has formed an unlikely alliance with a major conservation body to advance eagle conservation in an area of past alleged persecution.

The Tayside and Central Scotland Moorland Group (TCSMG) is teaming up with Scottish Land & Estates’ member Wildland, the company established by Dane Anders Povlsen, the largest landowner in Scotland.

The intention is to fit a satellite tag to a golden eagle chick at an already identified nest site in the Strathbraan area and show its movements on an online app developed by Wildland.

The project will be a joint arrangement, aimed at learning more about eagle conservation in the surrounding glens.

In recent years, the region has been the focal point of high profile alleged golden eagle persecution incidents, with two eagle tags losing transmission on the same day in 2019.

At the time the local community and named estate contested the reports, and the legacy of the ensuing publicity still rankles within local land management circles.

The collaboration is a first in Scotland - an independent flagship conservation organisation cooperating on raptor monitoring with grouse moor interests.

Posted on: 18 June 2021

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