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Golden eagle chicks released to boost south of Scotland population

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"We have been overwhelmed by the support we are getting from landowners and we are reassured these birds are going to be welcome."
Dwindling population
The birds are so "precious", they will be monitored and supported long after their release.Each released golden eagle is satellite tagged to ensure the project team builds up as much information as they can on the ranging behaviour, survival, and health of the birds. Their range could take them from the hills of southern Scotland to the Lake District or even as far as Wales.
The area the birds were released into was carefully selected to encourage them to settle
Cat Barlow, project manager for the Golden Eagle Project, said: "This is very significant."We are trying to boost the dwindling population and make sure that we are seeing a bird that should be here in the skies of the south of Scotland."This will be their first time out of the aviaries. They may fly a few metres, they may fly a hundred metres up the valley. We don't really know yet. "But we've chosen a spot where there's lots of different sites where they can rest and perch - rocks for them to sit on, things like that."So hopefully they will fly out into the valley, find somewhere to settle, and in their own time get up into the skies and explore."
Sightings of the released birds show they are doing well
Speaking about the project, Scotland's Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "Golden eagles are one of Scotland's most impressive species and many people - myself included - will be excited by the increased opportunity to see these magnificent animals in the wild."In bolstering golden eagle numbers in the south of Scotland, the project will add to the biodiversity of the area, as well as potentially attracting more visitors - with the accompanying economic benefits that brings." 
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