Golden eagles in Scotland were satellite-tagged and tracked from 2004 to 2016. This report offers an in-depth review of the individual birds’ movements and fates. Reasons for the disappearance of tagged golden eagles are examined in full.
Contributing factors analysed include:
- the impact of wind farms
- natural mortality of tagged birds
- tag reliability
- effects of tagging on bird survival
- illegal persecution
Illegal persecution is highlighted as a major reason why Scotland’s golden eagle population is artificially restricted. The report provides a population model for Scottish golden eagles in the absence of persecution.