Another batch of sea eagle chicks have just been flown in to Edinburgh as part of a reintroduction project for the east of Scotland. The 19 white tailed eagle chicks were welcomed at Edinburgh Airport by Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham.
The five-week old chicks will stay at a secret location in Fife until they have developed their flight feathers. The RSPB is running the project and has previously introduced sea eagles successfully in the area, following a much longer and successful project on the west coast which began in the 1970s.
Ms Cunningham said, “The white tailed sea eagle was lost to Scotland in the past and we have a duty to re-establish its presence here. The East of Scotland project is building on what has already been achieved in the west for this amazing species, where it has become a huge tourist attraction. All of this is of course about protecting and restoring our biodiversity; something that is everyone’s responsibility and to everyone’s benefit.”