Concern over the last Golden Eagles in England

Posted by on 16/04/2004

Bad news for these majestic birds in the Lake District….

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has announced that the female eagle has been missing from her Lake District Eyrie for several weeks. An article in the Times newspaper on the 6th March stated that 'Golden Eagles have been in the Lake DIstrict since the late 1950's and first nested in the Haweswater area, near Penrith in 1969.However, no young have fledged since 1996 and no eggs have been laid in four of the past five years' What will happen to the remaining male is unknown though 3 years ago when the previous male disappeared, presumed dead, the female was successful in finding a new mate. The next few weeks are likely to be critical and the RSPB have asked climbers to keep away from crags in the 'Core Area' of the bird's territory. The few crags in this area are some distance from the road, of minor importance and generally undeveloped.However recent new routing on one of the crags has led them to issue this request. The Area is very popular with walkers. High Street and the Coast to Coast path are close by. The crags are in secluded spots away from the crowds and some are used as regular perches by the Eagles. Any views on this issue should be sent to Graham Lynch at the BMC. David Staton, Chair of the Lakes Area Committee

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