Chris Monk said:White-tailed Eagles
Please find details of the Irish plan to introduce this species below:
deborah4 said:Hello Chris
Many thanks for the updates, it's a great idea to put them all under one roof so to speak!
As for WTE's 'being under same roof' as GEs, I wonder if perhaps you could put my mind at rest on one small point regarding optimum territorial space and potential conflict if any with GEs. It's something that's been niggling at me for some time. As such, I raised the issue with one of the wardens on Mull last year who confirmed that WTE will vigourously defend their territorial space against GE and so was in no danger of being 'pushed' from existing territories on Mull. However, I have also heard snippits of information where GE will also likewise defend existing territories against WTE. Where there are no existing breeding pairs of GE, such as in Wales, then a re-introduction scheme presumably would not present a problem. However, suitable sized breeding habitat, with adequate territorial space for either species in UK must have its limits, far more so than in continental Europe and Scandinavia. The GE is still struggling in Scotland, and it seems, from public info available, barely surviving as a breeding species in what is fairly restricted suitable habitat in the rest of the UK. The combination of windfarms and persecution puts further pressure on the prognosis for continuing sustainable populations of GEs in Scotland let alone WTEs. Recently, apparently one such territorial conflict between a WTE and GE ended in the death of the GE (I'll email re: this). Could the amount of land available as suitable habitat in the UK effect the extent, if any, that territorial disputes could be a potential problem for our current population of GEs? I would very much like to see both species secure in these Isles but not at the expense of further re-introductions in new areas being at the expense of maintaining existing populations of either species in other areas. Even with sedentary populations, is there potential overlap with continued re-introduction, if not now, in the future with dispersal of offspring from successful re-introduced populations? I'm sure my concerns arise from ignorance but would be grateful to know for sure!!
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