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Ospreys take off

Scotland's ospreys are once again starting their epic annual winter migration to West Africa. Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), the biggest land manager in the country, has been keeping a close watch on the success of the fish-eating birds of prey. One of the birds monitored using satellite tracking technology is known as Red 8T.

Scotland's ospreys are once again starting their epic annual winter migration to West Africa.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), the biggest land manager in the country, has been keeping a close watch on the success of the fish-eating birds of prey.

One of the birds monitored using satellite tracking technology is known as Red 8T. It started its migration from commission land in Badenoch on 9 September and flew 800 miles without stopping in 27 hours.

The FCS said the birds were thriving on their land, with the help of dozens of manmade nests built on forest estate.

Meanwhile, RSPB Scotland warned this week another iconic raptor species could be at risk from plans for a major wind farm in the Western Isles. The charity has lodged an objection to plans for a 39-turbine wind farm on Lewis because saying the turbine propellers could kill golden eagles and endanger the resident eagle population.

RSPB Scotland said golden eagles occur at one of the highest recorded densities in the world within the site of the proposed wind farm by Beinn Mhor Power on the Eisgein estate.

The charity believes the wind farm, if built, could disrupt the territories of two pairs of golden eagles and potentially... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Scotland's ospreys are once again starting their epic annual winter migration to West Africa.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), the biggest land manager in the country, has been keeping a close watch on the success of the fish-eating birds of prey.

One of the birds monitored using satellite tracking technology is known as Red 8T. It started its migration from commission land in Badenoch on 9 September and flew 800 miles without stopping in 27 hours.

The FCS said the birds were thriving on their land, with the help of dozens of manmade nests built on forest estate.

Meanwhile, RSPB Scotland warned this week another iconic raptor species could be at risk from plans for a major wind farm in the Western Isles. The charity has lodged an objection to plans for a 39-turbine wind farm on Lewis because saying the turbine propellers could kill golden eagles and endanger the resident eagle population.

RSPB Scotland said golden eagles occur at one of the highest recorded densities in the world within the site of the proposed wind farm by Beinn Mhor Power on the Eisgein estate.

The charity believes the wind farm, if built, could disrupt the territories of two pairs of golden eagles and potentially cause the death, through collision, of 11 of the birds over the 25-year lifespan of the scheme. They argue that the loss of a number of golden eagles in the Western Isles could result in the population of the birds in the whole of Scotland going into decline.

The population of golden eagles has only risen in the past 15 years in Scotland, they argue, because large declines in eastern Scotland have been offset by increases in the Western Isles.

Aedán Smith, RSPB Scotland's head of planning and development, said RSPB Scotland would be prepared to review its position on the application if the predicted deaths of eagles and other species could be "substantially reduced".


Source: http://news.scotsman.com/sc...

SEP 20 2009
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