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White-tailed sea eagles nest for the first time in 100 years

Last modified: 30 April 2012

White-tailed eagle

The Golden Eagle Trust has today announced that a pair of White-tailed Eagles has been confirmed nesting near Mountshannon in County Clare - the first documented nesting attempt for the species in Ireland in over 100 years. Although the nest has not been examined for eggs to avoid any unnecessary disturbance, the behaviour of the birds indicates that they have nested. The re-introduction programme, which is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Golden Eagle trust, began in 2007 with the birds in question having been transported from Norway in 2008 and 2009.

This is a huge achievement for the organisation and a big step forward for bird conservation in Ireland, and we at the RSPB would like to offer our congratulations! We’ll keep you up to date on the arrival of any chicks.

To read more on this story, visit the Golden Eagle Trust’s website.

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