« Back2015 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.