Wednesday, 20 June 2007

White-tailed Eagle to be reintroduced to Ireland

Fifteen White-tailed Eagle chicks are to be released in Ireland’s Killarney National Park as part of a five-year breeding experiment to reintroduce the species to the Irish countryside.

The chicks will be reared with minimum human contact and monitored closely by a team of experts.

White-Tailed Eagle was once common in Ireland, but died out after being trapped and shot in the 19th and 20th centuries. International researchers identified this area of Co Kerry as the best place in Ireland to reintroduce the birds because of the unique rugged coastline habitat.

A similar scheme to re-establish Golden Eagles in the country notched up its first success this summer when the first successful breeding in Ireland for 100 years was announced.

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