Double joy for east Scotland sea eagles

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Two white-tailed eagle chicks have successfully hatched from a nest in Fife, it was announced today.

It is the third year running that this pair of white-tailed eagles has nested in Forestry Commission Scotland woodland in Fife, with this year bringing the arrival of two chicks for the first time.

The parents, known as Turquoise 1 and Turquoise Z after their wing tags, were released in 2009 as part of the East Scotland Sea Eagle reintroduction project, which saw 85 birds released on the east coast of Scotland between 2007 and 2012.

Rhian Evans, east Scotland sea eagle officer, said: “It’s really exciting that there are two chicks this year and we hope that both will fledge successfully. We have over 30 local volunteers involved in protecting and monitoring the nest, which helps keep the birds safe and provides us with an interesting insight into their lives.”

The new arrivals in Fife come at an exciting time for white-tailed eagles in Scotland, as this year celebrates 40 years since the first young white-tailed eagles from Norway were released on Rum in 1975 and the 30th anniversary of the first wild chick to fledge on Mull in 1985.

In addition, this year the Scottish white-tailed eagle population has reached 100 pairs, marking another significant milestone for the reintroduction of the species. Last week it was announced on Springwatch that the 100th pair were on Hoy in Orkney. This is the first pair to breed on Orkney for 142 years and marks a large expansion of their range in Scotland.

This year, there are four white-tailed eagle pairs across the east of Scotland. To help people trying to see white-tailed eagles in Fife, RSPB Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage will be running guided walks at Tentsmuir Forest. For more details phone 01738 630783 or email perth.admin@rspb.org.uk

For updates and more information visit www.facebook.com/RSPBTaysideFife or www.rspb.org.uk/