White-tailed eagle is spotted in Cornwall

White-tailed eagles return to the skies: UK’s largest bird of prey which went extinct in the early 20th century is spotted in Cornwall following a reintroduction project two years ago

One of Britain’s largest and rarest birds which disappeared from the UK during the early 20th century has been spotted here again.

The White-tailed Eagle was pictured by amateur photographer Cat Lake on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.

The sighting gives conservationists from Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society hope that the species could breed in Cornwall within the next 20 years.

The White-tailed Eagle was pictured by amateur photographer Cat Lake on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall

The juvenile is one of six released on the Isle of Wight as part of a reintroduction programme run by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England.

Other former breeding birds like Chough and Cirl Bunting have become re-established in Cornwall, showing the potential for previously-lost species to make a comeback.

Almost half of breeding birds have declined in Cornwall, as revealed in Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s State of Nature Cornwall 2020 Report.

The juvenile is one of six released on the Isle of Wight as part of a reintroduction programme run by the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation and Forestry England

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