For the first time in 240 years, the white-tailed eagle is flying high in the United Kingdom’s sky again, thanks to Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation.
The white-tailed eagle is the UK’s largest bird of prey with a wingspan that’s up to eight feet wide. Unfortunately, due to overhunting, it was almost completely wiped out in the 1780s. The only place it survived was in Scotland but that only lasted until 1916 and since then, the eagle’s been extinct in the country.
However, Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation have teamed up together and created a project to reintroduce the birds back into the wild. They have been slowly releasing a group since 2019 on the Isle of Wight, which is the UK’s most southern island.
Four eagles with GPS tracking systems strapped on them are currently being monitored and what data shows is the birds have flown to Somerset, Kent, Norfolk, and even went as high as Yorkshire. During the winter they noticed the eagles liked to stay seated and inactive, while in the summer time, they like to explore and travel long distances.
According to Mirror, the Roy Dennis Foundation said, “They are known to explore widely in their first two years before returning to their natural area to breed. There’s a chance of seeing one wherever you live so keep looking up, but please stay home and stay safe.”