2015 was ‘breakthrough’ year for white-tailed eagle project

White Tailed Sea Eagle chick2015 was a breakthrough year for an ambitious project to reintroduce a species of bird that was extinct from Ireland for a century. There are now around 45 white-tailed eagles in Ireland – eight years after they were first introduced in Killarney National Park. Dr Allan Mee is project manager for the White-Tailed Eagle Reintroduction Programme. He says it’s been a breakthrough year. Dr Mee says there has also been a decline in the number of birds being poisoned – there were three casualties in 2015. He says it’s heartening to see the increase in the number of eagle pairs that are successfully breeding. [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/49929/medium/”]