Hill sheep ‘under threat’ from soaring sea eagles
A prediction that the number of pairs of sea eagles is likely to double in the next decade has been met with both trepidation and despair by sheep farmers and crofters in the areas where the birds have already colonised.
Since sea eagles were re-introduced to this country 20-plus years ago, their numbers have risen and in line with that increase, so have the complaints that eagles have been killing young lambs.
This week, a Scottish Natural Heritage report predicted the number of pairs of sea or white-tailed eagles was likely to rise from 106 last year to 221 by 2025. Looking further ahead,... read more