30/05/2007

Donegal Golden Eagle project a success

The first Golden Eagle chick in nearly 100 years has hatched in County Donegal.

It is understood two chicks were born around five weeks ago in a remote area of the Glenveagh National Park in Donegal, but only one survived.

The bird was born as a result of a project which has seen adult eagles being reintroduced to the national park. The species had become extinct in Ireland but was reintroduced at Glenveagh six years ago to bring the bird back to Ireland.

Golden Eagles were last bred in the park in 1910 and the Golden Eagle Trust has been monitoring the birds for the past five or six years.

Project Manager for the Golden Eagle Trust Lorcan O’Toole said he was delighted with the news.

“Emotionally we are just delighted to have such a wild creature breeding in Ireland once again,” he said.

“Golden eagles would have been quite a common sight, 300 or 400 years ago. But they have had a pretty poor history for the last two or three centuries.

“We just feel that it is a good omen and it bodes well for the future where we can all maybe show more awareness of our landscape.”

A number of birds had been introduced in 2005 and last year, but no birds hatched.

(JM/KMcA)

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